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12 Hotter Than the Rising Sun 

Latch onto one of the latest long Japanese swords. By Mike Haskew 

20 The Year of The Factory Knife? Part II 

Check out the latest and sharpest in today's production pieces. By Steve Shackleford 

28 Historically Accurate at a Laid-Back Pace 

If you like premier period bowies, you'll like Ken Durham. By B.R. Hughes 

32 What Do You Do With a $400 Knife? 

In case you ever wondered ...By Dexter Ewing 

40 How To Mirror Polish a Blade 

What you can achieve is close to perfect but not quite. By Bill Herndon 

46 An Ultra-Rare Bird 

Less than 50 Randall Starflights are still "winging it." By Pete Hamilton 

50 Grade "A" Abrade 

Consider the latest sharpeners for the field, camp and home. By Durwood Hollis 

60 A Knifemaker's Dream Comes True Part I 

Feel the challenge of building a new knife shop. By Ed Fowler 

82 How to Forge from a Wheelchair 

The author experiments in forging from the sitting position. By Wayne Goddard 

88 The Be-All, End-All BLADE Show 

Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of BLADE Shows past. By Joe Kertzman 

96 Captain Crunch 

Bruce Gillespie's fancy field knife will keep you a-cuttin' and a-grinnin'. 
By MSG Kim Breed 

100 Confessions of a Handmade Knife 
Collector Part II 

Learn some keys to identifying the handmades to have. By Dan Magrino 

108 The Good Knife People 

Pro-Tech offers top automatics — and much more. By Mike Haskew 

JULY 2004 



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INTRODUCING THE 



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POTLIGHT 

Readers Respond 
Cover Story 
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The Knife I Carry 
Your Knife Rights 
Where To Net 'Em 
Next In BLADE® 
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This Is Your Column! And we want to know what you think. 
Do you like what you've read in BLADE®? Do you have a 
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to: BLADE, P.O. Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789, or visit 
our Web site: www.blademag.com or e-mail: blademagazine© 
krause.com. We reserve the right to edit your comments to fit 
the space available. 



The Knives of Matt Helm 

First, a very belated thank you for 
printing my submission in "The Knife 

I Carry" section in the May 2003 BLADE®. 
The Tru-Balance Bowie- Ax Bolo I was 
shown holding also made a big hit with 
Steve McEvoy of Tru-Balance Knives and 
Bobby Branton, president of the American 
Knife Throwers Alliance. 

Now, there 's always something that really 
sparks my interest in every issue of BLADE. 
Lately, it's been the W.R. Case Mid-Folding 
Hunter that occasionally appears in Case's 
ad on the inside back cover of BLADE. 

That Case folder and other "flick knives" 
caused me to contemplate Matt Helm, the 
fictional American blue-collar secret agent 
who made James Bond look like a sissy 
by comparison. For the uninitiated, unlike 
the silly but entertaining Dean Martin '60s 
movies, the spy novels by Donald Hamilton 
featured a deadly, no-nonsense Helm. 

And, wonder of wonders, Helm's primary 
weapon was a knife, a folder. Initially, he 
carried a medium-large, German-made 
jackknife with a big blade that locked. 
After years of ownership and practice, Matt 
could very quickly manipulate the opening 
process one handed. Oddly enough, the lock 
was released by pressing down on the still- 
closed small blade — an ingenious device 
that may have existed only in the mind of 
Helm's creator. 

Sadly, Helm's prized knife, a World War 

II souvenir, was soon taken from him and its 
blades snapped off when he was briefly held 
captive by the opposition. Helm replaced the 
destroyed treasure with a Buck lockback, 
which became a recurring favorite — partly 
because it was easy to obtain but mostly 
because, like his original folder, it could be 
brought into action with one hand. 

Helm went through a variety of knives, 
including a briefly owned push-button 
automatic. Once he even grabbed and threw 
two kitchen knives when he was unarmed 
and trapped in a strange apartment. 

Though Helm's spy organization insisted 
that he carry a small, snub-nosed, five-shot 
revolver; his O.S.S. firearm of choice was 
a Colt Woodsman .22 caliber automatic 
pistol. He appreciated its light report and its 
ability to carry more ammunition. Besides, 
he favored head shots anyway. 



LETTER OF THE MONTH 

Recently, during one of Randall Made 
Knives' "stock sales" in which the 
company takes telephone orders on a first- 
come basis, the following occurred. 

After 45 minutes of intense dialing, my 
call to the shop was finally answered with 
a pleasant, "Randall Knives. What are you 
interested in?" Knowing the staff would be 
busy, I was prepared. 

"I would like a Model 21." 

"We have that in stock. What else would 
you like?" 

"A Model 8." 

"We can handle that too. Please hold on 
while I pull the items." 

"Sure!" 

Then the phone made a maddening 
series of beeping noises that I knew meant 
the connection had been lost. I also knew 
that the person on the other end of the line 
didn't know my name nor had any of my 
contact information. Totally devastated, I 
began the task of redialing. 

After 25 minutes of busy signals, I got 
through again, though to a different person, 
to whom I explained the situation. The very 
sympathetic individual said that the phones 
got so overloaded that such problems 
sometimes occurred. He checked to see if 



the knives I wanted had been "pulled" but 
couldn't determine whether they had. He 
suggested that I place another order. One of 
the knives I originally wanted was no longer 
available, so I ordered a substitute. Though 
somewhat disappointed, I felt lucky to have 
gotten two Randall knives. After telling my 
wife the story, I left to run some errands. 

About half an hour later my cell phone 
rang. My wife asked, "Who do you think I 
just talked to?" When I replied I had no idea, 
she laughed and said, "Mr. Gary Randall!" 
It seems Mr. Randall was the original "order 
taker." When the call was lost, he placed 
the knives to the side, just in case I called 
back. The person who answered my second 
call was Mr. Michael Randall, Gary's son. 
Later, he relayed the incident I had reported 
to him to his father, and you know the rest 
of the story. Mr. Randall informed my wife 
that I would be getting my original order of 
knives. That, of course, made my day. 

In today's business world of recorded 
messages, automated answering machines 
and customer-no-service, I would hope that 
all who read this have a better understanding 
of one of the reasons why Randall Made 
Knives "keeps rolling along." 

Of course, having knives that are 
unequaled in quality doesn't hurt either. 

H.S. Wardell, Oxford, Georgia 



Years after his military discharge, a 
series of bizarre incidents forced him back 
into service. The updated Helm occasionally 
had to dump his weapons to keep his cover 
from being blown — an occupational hazard 
that didn't bother him much, since his outfit 
replaced the lost revolvers. Besides, the 
Buck folders were inexpensive. 

Hamilton's fondness for writing his 
novels in the first person gave his readers 
keen insight into Helm's mindset. The gritty 
and determined Helm was acutely aware 
that carrying and using an edged weapon 
was considered "sinister and un-American" 
by individuals both inside and outside his 
line of business. 

However, getting the job done always 
came first, and he would not risk injuring 
his hands in a fistfight. Besides, knocking 
people out and expecting them to remain 
conveniently unconscious was movie and 
television nonsense. Also, taking time to 



securely tie up a determined opponent 
meant that he'd just have to deal with the 
opponent later — that is, if he was lucky. 

Though dated, the Matt Helm novels 
still read well, and Helm would've loved the 
current crop of one-hand knives with their 
clip-on capabilities. 

Bill Cantey, Charleston, South Carolina 



BLADE In Malaysia 

Recently I saw BLADE at a couple of 
the bookshops in Penang, Malaysia. 
That's great! The magazine is getting popu- 
lar here in Malaysia, so it's on newsstands 
on a regular basis. 

Nawfal Nur, a letter from the Internet 

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JULY 2004 




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Hammond design and other of the latest 
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page 20. 

The cover photo is by Bob Best. 

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If You're "Monesln"' for the 
BLADE Show, the Cure Is Near! 



I know, some of you've got it bad — you're 
"Jonesin"' for the BLADE Show. But 
never fear; your annual dose of the 
world's most anticipated knife event is mere 
weeks away, June 4-6, at the Cobb Galleria 
Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. 

To map out your BLADE Show strategy, 
following is a heads-up on some things 
to help make the entire experience a most 
rewarding one: 

1) If you can't wait until Friday for the 
show to begin, visit with the knifemakers, 
knife collectors and other knife enthusiasts 
who begin to filter into the area surrounding 
"The Pit" of the host hotel, the Renaissance 
Waverly, Thursday morning and afternoon. 
Later that evening and into 
the wee hours, The Pit proper 
should be rockin' and rollin' 
with knife personages of all 
stripes; 

2) If you want VIP or 
Early Bird passes, there are 
only two ways to get them. 
A VIP pass, which entitles 
you to two-hour-early entry 
on Friday only and free 
entry during regular show 
hours for all three days, is 
available exclusively from 
show table holders or booth 
exhibitors. You'll have to ask 
the table holders or booth 
exhibitors for one of those. 
The Early Bird pass, which 
entitles you to the two-hour- 
early entry on Friday only, 
costs $10 in addition to the 

price of a standard ticket and will be on 
sale at the main BLADE Show ticket booth 
Friday morning. At noon Friday, the show 
opens to VIP and Early Bird pass holders. 
At 2 p.m., it opens to the general public; 

3) By 4 p.m. Friday, all entries in the 
BLADE Magazine Knife-Of-The-Year 
Awards® competition for production knives 
should be on display at each participating 
factory booth. In addition, for your 
convenience, those factory booth exhibitors 
who wish may also put duplicates of their 
entries in the special display area in the 



center of the show hall so that you may 
view most of the entries without having to 
visit each individual booth; 

4) At around 6 p.m. Friday, the winners 
of the BLADE Show handmade knife 
competition will be announced; 

5) Be sure to check out The Pit on 
Friday evening. By 10 p.m. or so, it should 
be registering about a 10 on the Richter 
scale; 

6) Saturday will be an all-out mega- 
blade blitz. In addition to a feast of all that 
cuts, the show's seminar schedule will be at 
full-tilt boogie, featuring both indoor and 
outdoor instructionals and demonstrations. 
Among them will be seminars on cut 'n 




shoot knife pistols; LiquidMetal; wire EDM 
machines; what to look for in tactical and 
high-end handmades; how to forge; knife 
throwing; bladesmithing for kids; how to 
grind; all about Randall knives; and many 
more, topped off by the 2nd Annual ABS 
World Cutting Championships pitting the 
winners of cutting competitions from six 
major sites leading up to the BLADE Show. 
The finalists will be John Fitch, Reggie 
Barker, Mike Bauer, Jerry Lairson and 
last year's champion, Jim Crowell. The 
alternate will be Charles Smale. The 
seminars are free to all show ticket holders; 



7) Saturday night is the annual BLADE 
Show Banquet, where the BLADE Magazine 
Knives-Of-The-Year and this year's 
inductee into the Cutlery Hall Of Fame® 
will be announced. Though the banquet is 
by invitation only, it's usually over by 8:30 
or so, at which time everyone is invited for 
an informal celebration in The Pit, where 
award winners, award participants and knife 
enthusiasts the world over will celebrate the 
most important night in knives; 

8) When the show opens Sunday, the 
winners of the Knife-Of-The-Year and 
handmade knife competition awards from 
the previous day will be posted at the show 
entrance. Finally, after a full morning and 

early afternoon of seminars and 
three-plus-days' worth of knife 
sales and purchases, everyone 
will count their knives and 
money and go home, where 
they will begin counting the 
days until the 2005 BLADE 
Show. 

Of course, the preceding is 
but a bare-bones primer. Other 
of the many show highlights 
will be previewed in complete 
detail next month in the August 
BLADE. 

Correction 

In the June BLADE, it was 
reported that, in addition to the 
new Case saddlehorn trapper 
already in production, Tony 
Bose and Case also would be 
collaborating on a saddlehorn 
trapper more closely resembling Bose's 
actual handmade version. Instead, that 
collaboration will be on a muskrat in a 
selection of handle materials. Tentative 
release date: summer-fall. 

For more information on the BLADE 
Show, contact the show in care of Mary 
Lutz, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945 
(715) 445-2214 lutzm@krause.com, and/ 
or blademagazine@krause.com, www. 
blademag.com and www.bladeshow.com. 

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By Mike Haskew 



JULY 2004 



They're long, they're beautiful and 
people are buying both handmade and 
factory renditions of them in record 
numbers. Japanese-style swords have 
been a mainstay of the cutlery industry 
for many years, but the recent trend has 
makers and manufacturers filling a void 
in the availability of those with the great- 
est overall length and longest blades. 

ABS master smith Wally Hayes spe- 
cializes in a Japanese line of handmade 
knives and swords. He says the mini- 
mum length for a katana blade is about 
21 inches, and most of them fall between 
26-29 inches. His longest effort was a 
couple of years ago when he forged a 31- 
inch blade. 

"The proper length for an individual's 
blade is for the tip to be an inch off the 
ground with the person's elbow slightly 
bent while holding the sword down," 
he commented. "I measure the sword 
based on the height of the person holding 
a broomstick with his or her elbow 
slightly bent." 



"Hayes 5 longest ef- 
fort was a couple 
of years ago when 
he forged a 31- 
inch blade." 
— the author 



Wally's list prices for his swords 
range from $2,700- $7,500, depending on 
the materials used. All his work is cus- 
tom ordered, and the swordmaking pro- 
cess itself is painstaking. He uses three 
primary blade materials: 1050 tool steel 
for his tactical katana, the Katana-Tac; 
welded cable damascus folded in up to 
1,600 layers; and carbonized, electro- 
lytic iron folded and mixed with wrought 
iron in up to 240,000 layers. 

"I forge the blade to shape and then 
grind in all my lines nice and clean," 
Hayes said. "For the tempering process, 
I use fire-brick mortar and put it on in 
different patterns depending on the style 
of temper line I'm doing. The quench is 
then done in water or oil depending on 
the blade steel. 

"When I quench the 1050, that's what 
puts the curve in the blade. [The quench 
also] produces the hard edge and the soft 
back and the temper line in the transi- 
tion zone, which is called the habuchi. 
There are 200 different temper lines for 
Japanese swords. Most of the time I use 
gonume, which is a wavy line with little 
bumps. My favorite and the hardest to do 




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Japanese swords 




The massive Ritter Steel Odachi Giant Samurai is 67 
inches overall and is one of the newest swords from 
Knight's Edge. The long hilt of the Odachi and its 40- 
inch blade allow it to be used in a number of different 
stances. MSRP: $298. 



advantage of extra reach, leverage, cut- 
ting power and weight to beat aside an 
opponent's weapon." 

Cold Steel's response to this catalyst 
is the O Katana. A recent addition to 
Cold Steel's Warrior Series, the O Kata- 
na features a whopping 36-inch blade of 
1050 high carbon steel and an impressive 
overall length of 49 inches. The 13 -inch 
same, or rayskin, hilt is wrapped with 
black braid cord, the weight is a hefty 
56 ounces, and the scabbard is black 
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bag. The manufacturer's suggested retail 
price (MSRP): $559.99. 

"When you consider that the average 
16 th -century Japanese person was 5 '4" 
to 5 '6" and today's average American 
is 5' 10", we have much bigger people 
now," Thompson observed. "The Japa- 
nese sized their swords to their stature, 
and now, four centuries later, we're 
adapting swords that were made for 
smaller people." 

In addition to the O Katana, the Cold 
Steel Warrior Katana is slightly lighter 
at 40.6 ounces, with a 29 3/8-inch blade 
and an overall length of 40 3/4 inches. 
MSRP: $474.99. At an MSRP of $824.99, 
the Cold Steel Imperial Katana sports 
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inches long and boasts a wrapped same 
hilt. Weight: 39.5 ounces. Overall length: 
over 40 inches. 



Evolving Definition 

Illinois swordmaker Anthony DiCris- 
tofano has been making Japanese-style 
pieces for the past decade. Like Hayes, he 
tailors the sword length to the individual 
and says that the definition of a katana- 
length blade has changed over time. 



"We're adapting 

swords that 

were made for 

smaller people." 

— Lynn Thompson 



"Some people look for a 26- or 27- 
inch blade, and taller people are asking 
for 29 or 30 inches, with the 30 inch be- 
ing common now," he said. "When you 
talk about the bigger blades, the first 
thing that comes to my mind is the naga- 
maki, which has a blade around 32 inches 
long and a tang that is at least 24 inches. 
The total length of the nagamaki is al- 
most 5 feet, and it's about three-eighths 
of an inch thick. That's a pretty hefty 
piece. The tip is actually wider than the 
base, so it's almost the opposite of the 
katana and sometimes mounted on a 
short pole about 4 feet long. Sometimes 



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the pole was wrapped like a sword hilt, 
and the word nagamaki literally means 
'long wrap.'" 

Anthony's list prices for his swords 
run from $2,500 for an unpolished naga- 
maki to over $5,000 for a fully mounted 
katana with wrapped hilt, scabbard and 
polished blade. 

Beyond The Mainstream 

"We push the limits," asserts Knight's 
Edge President Marion Bastle. "Basi- 
cally, our company doesn't only do 
the mainstream things. We want to 
show what was actually used in his- 
torical times while also keeping the 
balance and the type of design that were 
actually used." 

The massive Ritter Steel Odachi Gi- 
ant Samurai is 67 inches overall and is 
one of the newest swords at Knight's 
Edge. The long grip of the Odachi and 
its 40-inch blade allow it to be used as a 
pole weapon or in a number of different 
stances. MSRP: $298. 

"This is a beautiful sword with steel 
that has good temper, forged in a clay 
pit in a double-walled process that re- 
tains constant temperatures," Bastle ex- 
plained. "Each blade is made by hand. 
Both the hilt and scabbard are thick, 
braided brown leather, and the tsuba, or 
guard, is blackened steel." 

Among the other large offerings from 
Knight's Edge is the Skull Katana, sport- 
ing a 29-inch forged steel blade and an 



The Cold Steel O Katana features a whopping 36-inch blade 
of 1050 high carbon steel and is 49 inches overall. The 13-inch 
same, or rayskin, hilt is wrapped with black braid cord. Weight: 
56 ounces. MSRP: $559.99. 



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overall length of 44 inches. The skull 
motif is evident throughout, including 
a hand-cast skull pommel and skull- 
shaped tsuba. Cast pewter skulls are also 
notable along the hilt and scabbard. 

The Giant Braided Leather Samurai 
and Black Braided Ninja Sword are two 
other large Knight's Edge offerings. The 
Giant Samurai's 54-inch overall length 
and 40-inch high carbon steel blade are 
impressive. MSRP: $236. The Ninja's 
carbon steel blade is 28 inches long, with 
a 10-inch hilt and blackened steel tsuba. 
The hilt is wrapped in braided black 
leather. MSRP: $158. 



"The 30-inch 

blades are 
common now. 

— Anthony 
DiCristofano 



55 



Conclusion 

The rediscovered fascination with long 
Japanese swords may just be gathering 
steam. For those who appreciate them, 
the swords offer a balance between art- 
istry and function. If you've never ex- 
perienced one, perhaps now is the time 
to try. 

For the contact information for the 
swords in the story, see "Where To Get 
'Em" on page 105. 



Other Long 
Japanese Swords 



In addition to those in the story, 
others who offer long Japanese 
swords include: 888KnivesRUs; 
Albion; Angel Sword; Atlanta Cut- 
lery; Rick Barrett; Michael Bell; 
Francis Boyd; Bugei Trading Co.; 
C.A.S. Iberia/Paul Chen; Kevin 
Cashen; Paul Champagne; Howard 
Clark; Barry Dawson; Vince Evans; 
Don Fogg; David Goldberg; Phill 
Hartsfield; Anders Hogstrom; Mu- 
seum Replicas; Ontario; Pro Cut; Ed 
Schempp; Steve Schwarzer; David 
Schlueter; Scott Slobodian; Sword 
Armory; J.W. Townsend; United 
Cutlery; and Yoshindo Yoshihara. 
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This issue's cover knife, 
the Columbia River Knife 
& Tool Desert Cruiser is 
a Jim Hammond-designed 
flipper folder in a desert-tan- 
blade-and-handle motif that 
reportedly blends in chameleon- 
like with desert environments. 
The blade is AUS-8 stainless steel 
and the handle is Zytel® textured 
for a secure grip. Weight: 6.1 ounces. 
Closed length: 5.25 inches. MSRP: 
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tinuing trend toward rainbow-colored knives is the 
ling Legend III from United Cutlery. A downsized 
version of the original Titanium Flaming Legend III, the one-hand 
folder features a "prismatic-titanium-coated" 440A stainless blade 
and aluminum handle. Closed length: 4 1/4 inches. MSRP: $98.99. 



The new Val-Matic double-action auto- 
matic from Lone Wolf Knives is a Butch 
Vallotton design that opens manually 

as a locking liner via a thumb stud 
t and automatically by a handle scale 
m. release (inset). The 3.6-inch blade 
is CPM S30V stainless steel and 
the handle is black checkered 
G-10. Closed length: 4.8 
inches. MSRP: $229.99- 
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It's hard to believe but it's been 10 years 
since the classic Emerson CQC-7 tacti- 
cal folder debuted and Emerson Knives, 
Inc., is celebrating the occasion with 
the HD-7 frame-lock folder. The blade 
is 154CM stainless in a choice of 
satin chrome or black Teflon® 
finishes. The handle comes in 
two versions: all titanium 
($425 MSRP) or one slab 
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First prototype of the Alamo 
Knife, by ABS master smith 
Jerry Fisk. 



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First prototype of the Dwight David Eisenhower, by ABS 
master smith Jim Crowell. 



First prototype of the Liberty Tree Knife, by ABS 
journeyman smith Larry Harley. 



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The handle of the Liberty Tree Knife is from the h 

ig Liberty Tree. Pro-liberty colonists gathered under 1 

rees during the American Revolution to plan the future oT the 

United States. The bowie will come in a limited edition of 1,776. 

The Robert E. Lee is a D-guard bowie with handle wood from 

black oak on the grounds of Lee's former estate in Arlington, 

Virginia. It's decorated with 13 gold stars forming the pattern of 

the Confederate Flag. Only 1,863 — the year of the Battle of Get- 

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handle is from a large limb of a live oak that grows on the Alamo 
^grounds. On each side is a single gold star for the fabled Lone 
^>rar of Texas. Only 1,836 — the year of the Battle of the Alamo — 
of the knives will be made. 

The Dwight David Eisenhower is patterned after the M3 is- 
sued to many GI's who fought in D-Day. The wood is ash from 
trees grown at the general's boyhood birthplace in Texas. Only 
1,944 — the year of the D-Day invasion — of the knives will be 
made. 

The Crazy Horse sports a handle made of wood from a grove 
of aspen trees in southern Nebraska. The aspen is revered by the 
Sioux Nation as the "Tree of Life." The blade is obsidian. Only 
500 — the number of Sioux killed in two separate 19 th -centurv 



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here in the serrated, drop-point version. Blade 
steel is 440A stainless and the handle is anod- 
ized aluminum with Trac-Tec inserts. Weight: 
4.2 ounces. Closed length: 4 1/2 inches. 

MSRP: $100. An extension model called 
the Tactical Blur comes with a par- 
\ tially serrated tanto blade. 



A quince wood handle and 

a 5.52-inch blade of laminated VG-10 

stainless highlight the Al Mar Knives Shiva, 

a new model helping to celebrate AMK's 25th anniversary. The 

stately fixed blade comes in a limited edition of 500. MSRP: $499 

each. Available: End of summer. 



The Trident TF-3 (below) is SOG Specialty Knives' 
latest assisted-opening folder and is distinguished 
by the patented Groove in the Zytel® handle for cut- 
ting paracord, fishing line, etc. The blade is AUS-8 
stainless in a Tigerstripe finish. A built-in safety 
locks the blade closed. Weight: 4.5 ounces. Closed 
length: ~5 inches. 



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More Gun Players in 
The Knife Game 

Two new entries — SIGARMS and 
Warne — are the latest gun compa- 
nies to announce their entries into the 
knife industry. 

Warne, known for its line of rifle 
and pistol scope and tactical mounts, 
has a new knife division spearheaded 
by Matt Foster, formerly of Gerber. 
The flagship model in Warne's Foster 
Knives line is the 1911 Folder, a lock- 
ing liner with a handle based on that of 
the world-famous 1911 model pistol. 

SIGARMS, makers of SIG Sauer 
handguns and Sauer, Blaser and Maus- 
er rifles, is in the process of offering 
a line of knives that will be launched 
sometime this year — possibly by the 
end of the summer. BLADE® will 
keep you posted on the progress 
of both companies' fledg- 
ling knife efforts. 



FRAMELOCK KNIFE KITS 

dealer inquiries invitied 




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ke- Walker safety. The handle 
w...es in hard-coat-anodized, 
ack aluminum ($159.95 MSRP), 
«*,„ .« „lso available in electroless nickel. 
Weight: 5.7 ounces. Closed length: ~5 
inches. Available: May. 






he Hunter's Ulu from Knives of Alaska 
onsists of a 2 1/4-inch ulu blade of D-2 tool 
teel and handles of desert ironwood, G-10 
licarta® and stag. An oiled leather sheath 
> included. MSRPs: $59.97-$99.97 (prices 
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Cold Steel 
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Thompson and 
veteran knife- 
maker Lloyd 
Pendleton teamed 
up to design the 
Cold Steel Ultimate 
Hunter. The hollow- 
ground drop-point 
blade Is 4-mm-thlck 
AUS-8A stainless In a 
satin finish. The handle 
Is synthetic Thermorun. 
Weight: 5.9 ounces. 
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the handle Is done in classic Jemigan 
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The Spyderco Yojimbo is a mid-sized fol' 
er reminiscent of the company's Ronin 
fixed blade, with both being designed by 
Michael Janich. The modified wharncliffe 
blade is flat-ground CPM S30V stainless 
in a plain edge. The handle is blue G-10. 
Closed length: ~5 inches. Weight: 3.6 
ounces. MSRP: $159.95. 



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arition, a 
ren Osborne and Mel 
tign from Benchmade, 
> a different approach to factory 
Aed openers — a handmade look with 
a handle of black horn from the African kudu antelope. 
The knife comes as a locking liner or a spring rod can be 
inserted into the knife to optimize opener function. Blade 
steel: 154CM stainless. Weight: 4.5 ounces. Closed length: 
4.39 inches. MSRP: $140. 



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In 1996, Dr. James Batson, founder of 
the Alabama Forge Council, invited 
me to participate in the activities 
surrounding the council's annual blade- 
smithing symposium, and I'm delighted 
that I accepted. The annual assemblage of 
bladesmiths has drawn participants from 
as far away as England, and the average 
attendance is well over 100. Since that 
initial visit, I've returned several times. 

One of the highlights of that '96 ex- 
pedition was the opportunity to meet a 
talented bladesmith named Ken Durham. 
Born in Colbert County, Alabama, in 
1965, a 1983 graduate of Cherokee High 
School, and the recipient of an ABS jour- 
neyman smith rating in 1999, Durham 
seems destined to receive his ABS mas- 
ter smith stamp any time now. Indeed, by 
the time you read these lines, he may al- 
ready have achieved the coveted "MS." 

Ken is a large, quiet, laid-back in- 
dividual, and I'm constantly impressed 
with his gentle demeanor. The term "high 
pressure" could never be applied to him. 
When you view his work, it seems he 
prefers to let his knives do most of the 
talking. And, I think you will find that 
they're eloquent indeed. 



When I asked Durham about his 
memories of high school, he smiled and 
told me that he tried to avoid the prin- 
cipal's office as much as possible! After 
graduation, he held a variety of jobs until 
1991, when he went to work for his cur- 
rent employer, a water utilities company. 



"He prefers to 

painstakingly 

recreate knives of 

the 19th century." 

— the author 



His interest in bladesmithing goes 
back to a time when he was still in el- 
ementary school, and his father, a farm- 
er, allowed him to hammer hot metal in 
the farm's small smithy. While his fa- 
ther provided some assistance, most of 
what Ken learned about forging in those 
early years came from the school of trial 
and error. 



In 1995, he heard about the Alabama 
Forge Council. At the time, the council 
was literally meeting in Dr. Batson's 
backyard, which is about the size of a 
football field, near Huntsville, Alabama. 
Since then, the group has moved to Tan- 
nehill State Park, a few miles from Bes- 
semer, Alabama. Durham liked what he 
saw and hasn't missed a single meeting 
of the council since. Over the years, 
he's also journeyed a number of times 
to the William F. Moran School of Bla- 
desmithing in Old Washington, Arkan- 
sas, to attend the biannual hammer-ins 
held there. 

Ken's fondness for objects with sharp 
edges may go back to his grandfather, 
who was noted throughout the county for 
his ability with an axe. From that worthy, 
young Durham learned that an axe — or 
knife — should always be kept as sharp as 
possible. He made his first blade in 1995 
when his son wanted a bowie knife to 
wear at a Civil War re-enactment. After 
forging the blade, Ken filed it out with 
a handheld file. "That took awhile," he 
reflected, "but I like to do as much hand- 
work on my knives as possible. Because 
of that, my shop isn't nearly as well 



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A 9-inch blade of 1095, a forged 
guard and an African blackwood 
handle distinguish what Durham calls 
his Creole Bowie. Note the unusual 
sheath design. (Hoffman photo) 



equipped as the average smith's." 

Slowly, his fame spread, aided in part 
by his keen appreciation of history. He 
prefers to painstakingly recreate knives 
of the 19th century. Among his favorite 
styles are those of Samuel Bell and Hen- 
ry Schively. He also makes pieces exhib- 
iting strong Scottish overtones. 

Since Ken earned his ABS journey- 
man rating in 1999, it might surprise 
some that, in view of his obvious skills, 
he hasn't received his MS yet. However, 
if you've met him, you know that he's 
not a man to hurry. "I'm in no rush," 
he told me a couple of years ago, "and I 
want to be perfectly satisfied in my own 
mind that I'm ready in every sense of 
the word." 

He became interested in making his 
own damascus a few years ago after read- 
ing an article in Knives '86, authored by 



Wayne Goddard, several years after its 
publication. "Next," Durham explained, 
"I saw Don Fogg do a demonstration at 
an Alabama Forge Council in 1999, so I 
went home, built a gas forge, and began 
making damascus." Ken's damascus is a 
blend of 1095 and L-6, while his carbon 
blades are mostly 1095, a steel for which 
he has a strong affinity. 

At the Arkansas Knife Show in 
Little Rock this past February, Durham 
showed me one of his large Schively- 
styled knives that he list priced at $1,400. 
Frankly, I was surprised, since this par- 
ticular piece, which appeared to be cor- 
rect in every respect, could easily have 
fetched $2,000. 

When I asked Ken how he planned 
such a knife, he told me that he first stud- 
ies the antique piece he intends to repli- 
cate, and then makes a set of full-scale, 



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JULY 2004 



detailed drawings. "I owe a great deal to 
Dr. Batson," Durham said, "for teaching 
me so much. Moreover, since he's one of 
the leading bowie authorities of today, 
I show him my drawings and obtain his 
suggestions before I start a 19 th -century- 
style knife." 

Perhaps the best way to obtain a 
Durham knife is to see him at one of 
the several shows he attends each year, 
frequently accompanied by his wife, 
Carolyn. He accepts orders, provided it's 
something he wants to make. At present, 
his lead time is one year. 

He's won a number of awards at ma- 
jor shows for his work, including Best 
Bowie, Best Forged Blade and Best Fixed 
Blade. His business card — he has no bro- 
chure — announces that he makes hand- 
forged knives "in the traditional man- 
ner." That, my friends, is exactly what he 
does, and he does it exceedingly well. 



Ken Durham 

Buzzard Roost Forge 

10495 White Pike, Dept. BL7 

Cherokee, AL 39616 

256.359.4287 



Specialties Period fixed blades, es- 
pecially such 19 th -century bowie re- 
productions as those of Samuel Bell 
and Henry Schively, and traditional 
Scottish designs 

Blades Forges straight carbon steel of 
1095, 5160 and 52100, and damascus 
in pattern welds of 1095 and L-6 
Handles A selection of natural 
materials, w/African blackwood a 
favorite; handles pinned in a 19 th - 
century style and otherwise embel- 
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Stamp Maker's full name, city and 
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Bowie Knife Association Award for 
the best ABS journeyman smith's 
reproduction of an antique bowie, 
this one a Henry Schively sport- 
ing a 10 1/4-inch blade, a check- 
ered blackwood handle, a forged 
sterling-silver bolster, silver ferrule 
and silver pins with a copper collar. 
He accepted the award (inset) at 
the 2002 BLADE Show from Jim 
Batson. (PointSeven knife photo) 




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While some invest in them for collection purposes, 

five say they often buy them for use and daily carry 



Clayton Lawrence's $400 
knife is a Pat Crawford/Boi 
Kasper Folding Fighter 
(KFF). It comes standard 
with a clip- point blade, 
though Crawford made 
it with a tanto blade for 
a brief time. Double 
ground from 154CM 
stainless, the KFF 
tanto blade is less 
than 4 inches— just 
like the standard 
versions. 




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JULY 2004 



"C M G) hat do knife enthusiasts do with 
\ A 7 their $400 knives? To find out, 
V V BLADE® polled five people who 
buy knives in the $400 price range. First, 
though, let's set some parameters as to 
what constitutes a $400 knife. 

By using the arbitrary figure of $400, 
we don't necessarily mean knives that cost 
exactly $400. Instead, for the purposes of 
this story, we mean knives anywhere in the 
$350- $450 price range. The knives can be 
fixed blades or folders, handmade or pro- 
duction. They have to be modern pieces 
made today, not vintage cutlery. 

The five people interviewed for the 
story picked among their own knives that 
fit the criteria for discussion. All five in- 
terviewees were chosen from the Usual 
Suspect Network (www.usualsuspect. 
net), a knife discussion forum on the 
Internet. The forum has a core group of 



members who routinely buy, sell, trade, 
carry and use $400 knives. 

User, Collector or Both? 

Four hundred dollars is a lot of money. 
Do people who spend that much on a 
knife collect such knives, use them or a 
little bit of both? 

"It used to be that all my knives were 
strictly 'users,'" says Al Elser of Atlanta, 
Georgia. "I had a strong opinion that a 
knife is no good if it's not used. Now I 
have a different opinion as to which knives 
should be used and which should be in a 
case or safe. Most of the time I watch the 
online forum sales, auctions and retailer 
sites to see what the value of a knife or of a 
particular maker's knives are doing." 

Clayton Lawrence of Concord, Califor- 
nia, seems to rely on gut instinct. "There 
are certain things that I like to collect in 



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Tony Wang's $400 knife is the Bob Terzuola ATCF, which features a 4-inch 
drop-point blade of CPM S30V stainless steel and an ergonomic handle 
that incorporates an integral hand guard. Wang uses the tactical folder on 
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knives, like natural materials. There's 
nothing like the feel of stag in the hand," 
he observes, "[though] I never buy a knife 
with the intention of collecting." 

Tony Wang of New York, New York, 
has a more practical approach. 

"I prefer that all the knives I buy be 
tools first and objects second," he ex- 
plains. "Very few of the knives I own are 
'safe queens,' [i.e., those kept locked in 
a safe] and all have seen some level of 
carry or use." 

Don Deckert of Wichita, Kansas, 
says he enjoys the thrill of pursuing rare 
or difficult to obtain handmade knives. 
Dave "Lifter" Abramson of Wharton, 
New Jersey, meanwhile, focuses on 
utility within reason. 

"All knives in my collection must be 
capable of being used," he stresses. "I have 
quite a few knives and while all can be 
used, there's no sense getting all of them 
scratched up." As a result, Abramson car- 
ries a select few knives on a daily basis. 

Who's Got What 

What are the $400 knives of those inter- 
viewed? Wang's is a Bob Terzuola ATCF 
folder. He says he's "used and abused" the 
ATCF on a regular basis, employing it on 
the job to cut boxes, packing straps and 
communication cables. He adds that he 
bought the folder because it's the best knife 
for the cutting chores he encounters. "The 
lesson learned from carrying the ATCF 
is that while custom knives will perform 
better than production, there's no reason to 
abuse them," he asserts. 

Abramson favors his Kit Carson Model 
4 folder. Employed full time at a newspa- 
per publisher, he has plenty of chances to 
use his Model 4 on the job, cutting film, 
tape, boxes, plastic "and anything else that 
comes up." In addition, he makes leather 
sheaths part time, doing business as Lift- 
er's Leather. "I use [the Model 4] a lot for 
cutting thread when sewing sheaths or 
trimming leather," he says. 

Both Deckert and Elser rely on their 
Strider SnG frame-lock folders for every- 
day cutting chores. Deckert says his SnG 
"is the knife I carry on a daily basis. It's 
the perfect- size knife for me and is a very 
sturdy tool. I use it for various cutting 
chores both at work and home." Echoes 
Elser, "It's such a great user that it has 
been a constant companion." 

Elser and his wife take jewelry /metal- 
smith classes in which Elser employs the 
SnG "to score silver sheet, cut fine wire, 
trim burrs, or whatever else pops up." 
Given the SnG's handle construction — 
one scale is titanium, the other G-10 — its 
weight is at an absolute minimum while 
providing maximum strength. 

Lawrence had a chance to use his 



Crawford Kasper Folding Fighter (KFF) 
tanto folder in a positive way. "I was first 
on scene at an [automobile] accident and 
had to use the KFF to cut open a bag of 
flares that was in the guy's car," he recalls. 
"It's one of my favorite knives." 

Use It/Lose It? 

One of the most crippling feelings a knife 
enthusiast will experience is losing an ex- 
pensive carry knife. Generally, the higher 
the price of the knife, the greater the loss. 
And losing a $400 piece is just enough to 
keep you up all night wracking your brain 
as to where you last saw and used the knife, 
and where it could be. 

What precautions can you take against 
losing your $400 knife? Wang has a motto. 
"I believe in the adage, 'the more it costs to 
replace, the more I'll take care not to lose 
it,'" he says. "One advantage of custom 
knives is that they're expensive enough for 
you to want to pay close attention to them, 
and that forces you to be less liberal lend- 
ing them out." Does his approach work? 
"I've never lost a custom knife," he says 
with a sigh of relief. 



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people what the 

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"I've never lost a handmade knife, 
though I did have one stolen from my home 
about five years ago," Abramson laments. 
Since then, he's invested in a gun safe to 
house his prized possessions. 

Lawrence practices a more laid-back 
approach. "I don't take any precautions at 
all," he offers, "nor have I ever lost a $300- 
plus knife." However, that's not to say he's 
immune to loss. "I did have one stolen out 
of my car one time," he recalls. "That was 
a bummer but that's also what insurance is 
for. I never did get the knife back." Ulti- 
mately, he puts his faith in the knife's hard- 
ware. "I just hope that the [pocket] clip 
will hold," he admits. 

Deckert doesn't take any special pre- 
cautions either. "I have faith that the knives 
I carry have features like pocket clips that 
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philosophical approach. "I try not to take 
any precautions I wouldn't take with a 
$30 Swiss Army knife," he notes. "I have 
enough to worry about without constantly 
worrying about losing my knife." 

Post It/Toast It 

Admit it; when you get a new knife, you 
like to show it off to your friends so they 
can share in your joy of a newfound addi- 
tion to your collection. With the Internet 
and digital photography, knife enthusi- 
asts are able to post pictures of their latest 
knives on various knife discussion forums 
and share them across great distances with 
their fellow enthusiasts. 

"I often take photos of my custom 
knives and post them on the Usual Suspect 
Network of newly acquired knives," Deck- 
ert begins. He also posts pictures of his 
knives that his fellow enthusiasts haven't 
seen. "I'm guilty here," confesses Law- 
rence. "I love to take pictures of my new 
knives and upload them to the Internet." 

Elser compares the posting of knife 
photos to another "possession" of sorts 
that people enjoy sharing. "I guess it's 
kind of like people who have kids," he as- 
sesses. "There are so many knife nuts such 
as myself on the online forums that when I 
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Confusion often arises when someone caught 
committing a crime is also carrying a knife 




ot every knife is a weapon, though, 
of course, knives never intended 
as weapons can be used as such. 
For instance, 9/11 is tragic evidence of 
what can be accomplished with a box cutter 
when it's in the wrong hands. 

When a knife, not designed, made or 
ordinarily classified a weapon is actu- 
ally put to use as one, its legal identity 
changes. Simply by being used as a 
weapon in the commission of a crime, 
the "non-weapon" becomes a weapon for 
purposes of the law. 

The emphasis here is on the words used 
as a weapon. The mere fact that the knife 
was present when a crime was committed 
isn't enough to make it a weapon. Even 
using the knife to commit a crime — for 
example, as a pry bar in a burglary — 
doesn't make it a weapon. However, confu- 
sion often arises when someone caught 
committing a crime is found to be carrying 
a knife. 

Two juvenile cases decided last year are 
instructive. One of them, J.W v. State, was 
adjudicated in Florida. The other, In the 
Matter of J. A. W, was decided in Texas. 

J.W. v. State 

In J. W, the defendant, a male juvenile, 
broke into a home. The homeowner, a 
female, heard him "jiggling and turning 
the doorknob" and saw him enter the home 
with an open pocketknife in his hand. The 
juvenile never threatened the homeowner, 
either by word or deed. In fact, when he 
saw her he immediately turned and ran 
from the scene. At trial the victim testi- 
fied that she was scared and that, "[a] lot 



of crazy thoughts went through my mind. 
What he had the ability to do ... He had the 
ability to come in the door and no telling 
what else he could have [done]. I mean, I 
didn't have anything to protect myself or 
nothing." 

"That the knife 

was present when 

a crime was 

committed isn't 

enough to make it 

a weapon." 

— the author 



The juvenile was convicted of first- 
degree armed burglary, a charge that 
requires the use of the words dangerous 
weapon. The court refused to reduce the 
charge to a simple burglary of a dwelling. 

On appeal, the reviewing court reversed 
the decision, saying: 

Under nearly identical facts in [a 
1 990 case], we recognized that a [pock- 
etknife] could conceivably constitute a 
dangerous weapon if actually used "in 
a manner likely to produce death or 
great bodily injury." Nevertheless, we 
held that under the circumstances it did 
not qualify as a dangerous weapon for 



purposes of that case. 

That decision was released more 
than a decade ago. Since then the 
Legislature has not made any attempt 
to amend the statute to treat all burglars 
wielding [pocketknives] as qualifying for 
first degree burglary, even if they do so 
non-threateningly. Accordingly, it was 
error to convict [the] defendant under 
the first degree burglary statute and 
to refuse to reduce the conviction to 
simple burglary of a dwelling. 

Put more simply, since the knife was 
never used as a weapon, there was no 
burglary with a dangerous weapon. 

In the Matter of J.A.W. 

J.A.W. was convicted of aggravated 
robbery — i.e., robbery while using or 
exhibiting a dangerous weapon. Though 
the victim, Arre Daniel Thomas, gave the 
police contradictory accounts of what 
happened, his testimony generally was as 
follows: 

On Sept. 25, 2000, he was asleep in 
his home, which was located behind his 
grocery store. He was awakened by J.A.W., 
who began hitting him and demanding 
money. J.A.W. left and Thomas noticed that 
money he believed he had left on a table 
was gone. 

The following day, Thomas was work- 
ing in the front of his store when he saw 
J.A.W. striking concrete with a knife. 
Thomas was frightened and went to the 
back of his store. J.A.W. followed him and 
demanded money, threatening, "I will beat 
you worse than I did yesterday." Though 



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Thomas told police that J.A.W. pulled a 
knife on him in the back of the store, at 
trial he testified that J.A.W. did not pull a 
knife on him in the back of the store 



"Since the knife 

was never used as 

a weapon, there 

was no burglary 

with a dangerous 

weapon." 

— the author 



J.A.W. was charged with robbery for 
the Sept. 25 incident. For the incident on 
the 26th, he was charged with aggravated 
robbery while using or exhibiting a deadly 
weapon. The jury didn't convict on the first 
charge but did on the second. The judge 
committed the juvenile to the youth author- 
ity for an indeterminate time not to exceed 
his 2 1st birthday. 

The case was appealed. After reviewing 
the evidence in the case, the court said: 

For one to be guilty of aggravated 
robbery, one must, in the course of 
committing theft and with the intent 
to obtain or maintain control of prop- 
erty, knowingly or intentionally threaten 
or place another in fear of imminent 
bodily injury or death. In addition, the 
State must also prove an aggravat- 
ing element. That [element] relied 
upon at bar and submitted to the jury 
[involved] the use or exhibition of a 
deadly weapon during the course of 
the robbery. 

From the recitation of the evidence 
mentioned above, we conclude that 
some evidence appears of record illus- 
trating that a robbery occurred and that 
appellant "pulled" a knife on Thomas 
while committing the robbery. However, 
we are troubled by the lack of any 
evidence regarding the size, shape, 
and sharpness of the knife. No one 
presented any evidence touching upon 
those issues. Rather, the evidence 
simply describes the weapon used to 
prove the aggravating element of the 
charge as a "knife." 

It has long been the law of Texas 
that a knife is not a deadly weapon 
per se. Thus, it is incumbent upon the 



State to prove that the knife constituted 
a deadly weapon by showing its size, 
shape and sharpness, the manner of 
its use or intended use, and its capac- 
ity to produce death or serious bodily 
injury. And, while the instrument may 
have been brandished and may have 
placed the victim in fear, that alone is 
not enough to establish it as a deadly 
weapon. 

Here, the record before us simply 
evinces that the knife was brandished 
and Thomas was scared. Again, noth- 
ing describes the weapon's shape, 
size, sharpness, or capacity to produce 
death or serious bodily injury. Further- 
more, the police did not find the weapon 
allegedly used by appellant; so, it was 
not admitted into evidence. Nor was a 
facsimile tendered. Also absent was 
any description of how appellant used 
the knife, other than the statement that 
he "pulled" it. Similarly, nothing was said 
of the proximity of appellant to Thomas 
when the knife was pulled, other than 
that they were [in the back of] the 
store. Whatever the distance, however, 
it was far enough to allow appellant 
to run away unhurt. And, that appel- 
lant verbally threatened Thomas is of 
little import since the threat consisted 
of the representation that he would 
"beat" Thomas as opposed to cut or 
stab him. Under these circumstances, 
we hold that no evidence supports the 
jury's determination that appellant used 
or exhibited a deadly weapon in the 
robbery. 

Conclusion 

Though the evidence indicates that both 
juveniles committed crimes and that they 
both had knives, those facts alone don't 
transform legal knives into illegal weap- 
ons. 

In an interesting side note, if the Flor- 
ida prosecutor was able to show that J.W. 
used his knife to break into the residence, 
the knife could have been classified as a 
burglary tool. Then J.W. could be charged 
with the additional felony of possession of 
burglary tools. That's another example of a 
knife being legally transformed into some- 
thing it was never designed or intended to 
be — but that's a subject for another time. 

[Facts taken from J.W v. State, 849 So. 
2d 1111 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003) and In the 
Matter of J.A.W , 108 S.W. 3d 573 (Tex. 
App.-Amarillo 2003).] 

The author has been a lawyer since 1972 
and a judge since 1983. He's also a jour- 
neyman smith in the American Bladesmith 
Society, a voting member of The Knifemak- 
ers ' Guild, and a charter member of the 
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change in the position of the work on the wheel. The directional 
change cancels out the scratches created in the previous direc- 
tion by switching to another direction. As a result, at left, the 
blade point is up and, at right, the blade point is down. If either 
the edge or the blade spine are allowed at an angle into the trav- 



el of the wheel, the blade will be torn from the operator's hands 
and thrown who knows where, and can cause serious injury to 
the operator or worse. Please note that the blade is held so that 
it cannot stab the operator. The gloves are supposed to be slice 
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JULY 2004 




Mirrors are made on ultra-flat glass 
and ultra flat is extremely hard to 
achieve by hand — and so is mirror 
polishing a blade. 

Achieving a quality finish on a knife 
blade is difficult at best. At worst, it's one 
heck of a lot of work. The basic process is 
to get the surfaces smooth and flat, and re- 
duce the size of the scratches to zero. There 
are a number of ways to do this but they all 
boil down to a sequence of finishing steps to 
finer and finer grits of abrasives to reduce the 
scratch size. 

Not all steels will yield a good polish and 
a perfect mirror polish is darn near impossi- 
ble. What's achievable is close but not quite. 
For instance, it was mentioned in an earlier 
issue of BLADE® that D-2 has the tendency 
to "orange peel." This means the surface is 
polished but not smooth and flat, and is rather 
lumpy like that of an orange peel. 

Steel hardness is also a factor. A hard- 
ened steel polishes much easier and better 
than a soft one. Examine the forged blade 
with a selectively hardened edge and you 
will see a considerable contrast between the 
finishes at the hard edge and softer back. 

Abrasives 

Let's talk abrasives. They come in various 
grits or degrees of roughness and are mea- 
sured by several methods. Abrasives in the 
USA are measured in grits from 30 (the 
coarsest) to 3,000 (the finest), though there 
are some new paper abrasives that go as high 
as 6,000 grit. Europeans rate their abrasives 
with a "P" grading system. And the finest 
grades are now measured in microns (the ac- 
tual size of the grit particles). To keep from 
creating a lot of work for yourself, refer to the 
abrasive conversion chart on page 45. 

You can buy abrasives in cans of free grit; 
paste; papers with waterproof adhesives (wet 
and dry); cloths; mesh cloths; belts; rouges 
(for buffing wheels); rubber; and stones. 
Stones are great for handwork. They're more 
aggressive, don't wear out as fast as paper or 
belts, and yield a flatter surface. 

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grees of flexibility. Diamond dusts in pastes 
are also available. Toothpaste is a good pol- 
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abrasive data for this story, Knife & Gun 
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abrasive needs. Auto paint supply houses 
have grits up to 3,000. 

The Method 

My methods have changed drastically over 
the years. I used to buff all my knives from 
a 320 -grit hand finish, but full general buff- 
ing blurs edges and grind lines, and smears 
scratches. It's very hard to control the buffer 
and keep it off the edges. Besides, the buffer 
is the most dangerous tool in the shop! 

Thanks to some tips from long-time 
knifemaker Herman Schneider, the method 
he, many other makers and I use requires 
little or no buffing. Starting at the grinder, 
use the finest belt you can (generally 400- 
800 grit; Joe Cordova uses a Dynabrade lube 
spray on the finer belts). Go to the bench 
and to your polishing blade holder — a long 
magnet with a taped protective cover — and, 
starting with a 320 -grit stone dipped in oil, 
work out any scratches in the blade or "until 
your arm falls off." You can shape the stones 
on the grinder to get into tight curves or cor- 
ners, and flatten them if they develop a swale 
in the surface. To check your progress, keep 
soft tissues nearby to wipe off the oil. 

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va's skills. Note the reflections from the mirror polish on the surface of the steel. 




the 600-grit stone and continue until you're 
satisfied. I usually like to be able to see the 
holes in my shirt buttons in the surface of 
the polished blade before proceeding to the 
paper abrasive at about 400-600 grit. On the 
paper, make the strokes in one direction the 
full length of the blade. Use a little oil or ker- 
osene for lubrication. You can go up to 6,000 
grit and more with the paper. 

I know of one maker who uses grocery 
sacks for the abrasive and then goes to toilet 
paper with his final finishes. If you're still not 



happy with the results, go to a white plastic 
buffing compound on a wheel, which is very 
gentle and has almost no effect. Finally, from 
there go to a loose wheel with a fine paste. 
The process is easy, yes, but not quick. I have 
friends who can do it in half a day but I figure 
one-to-three days for a super job. 

Author's note: Several knives were used in 
the accompanying photos. I had a big "cut- 
ter" on hand that needed some work, so I fin- 
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Grit Comparison Chart 

CAMI USA Grade European New "P" Grade 



Micron 

15 

30 
40 

60 

80 
100 



hand sanded it to a 320 grit and then buffed 
it. I finished the other side on a 320-grit belt, 
hand finished it from a 320 to a 600 grit with 
stones, repeated the process from a 320 to 
a 1,200 grit with lubed paper on wood, and 
then buffed. It could use another day's work 
but the differences are apparent — if not in 
the pictures, they are in person — and it's a 
fair mirror finish. Photographing ones im- 
age in a blade's mirror-polished surface 




P1200 
P1000 

P800 
P600 

P500 
P400 

P360 
P320 
P280 
D 240 
P220 

P180 



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impossible due to optical and focal consid- 
erations, so please bear with me on that shot 
(seepage 41). 

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Ive received some questions about 
a Randall throwing device made in 
the late 1970s called the Starflight. 
Designed by W.D. "Bo" Randall, it was 
made of stainless steel. Production end- 
ed in the early '80s. Less than 50 were 
made. It was not forged as, of course, 
most Randalls were, and still are, today. 
The Starflight's secondary blades 
fold up in line with the main blade so the 
knife will fit into a specially designed 
belt sheath. To my knowledge, none of 
the Starflights were used except the one 
Mr. Randall built for himself. Most of 
the others were or are in collections. 

1: I've tried to cut small saplings with 
the Randall sawteeth without much 
luck. Were the sawteeth intended for 



In this picture from 1954, W.D. "Bo" 
Randall holds the prototype of the 
Model 14. The square tops of the 
hilts of both the Model 14 and 15 
were altered when the hilt of the 
Model 18 was changed, (from the 
Randall family collection) 




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(M.E., Plymouth, Massa- 



No, not really. If you look at the teeth, 
you will notice that there's no set in them 
as on the teeth of a standard saw. Minus 
the set, there's no way for the wood be- 
ing cut to drop out of the teeth. Conse- 
quently, the teeth clog up. 

The sawteeth on your Randall knife 
were designed to cut light-gauge metal, 
such as the skin of an aircraft, thus al- 
lowing the user to forcibly enter or, more 
to the point, escape an aircraft if trapped 
inside. Incidentally, the Randall saw- 
teeth don't work too well on bone, either. 

2: Why doesn't Randall offer the Mod- 
el 27-style handle on the Model 3? Af- 
ter all, the two are basically the same 
knife. (R.K., Australia) 

The only answer I can give at this time 
is that such an offering would be made 
if Gary Randall decided to make the 
handle design available on other knives. 
Remember, the fancier the knife or the 
more options offered, the more time it 
takes to build and, in a business where 
time is money, Gary has to be picky 
about which changes do or don't make 
the "important list." 

3: Why can I get my Randall knife 
quicker from Randall dealers than 
directly from Randall Made Knives? 
(M.J., Phoenix, Arizona) 

Dealers of Randall knives are allocated 
so many spaces/knives per month. The 
dealer allocations are scheduled yearly. 
When you order from a dealer, he will 
add your order to the next available space 
in the month he has openings. When your 
space comes up, your knife is ready. Or- 
dering direct from Randall Made, on the 
other hand, can involve some lead-time. 

4: Is it true that employees of Randall 
Made Knives designed the single-fin- 
ger-groove and the Border Patrol shape 
handles? (D.J., Brashear, Texas) 

The first single-groove handle was de- 
signed by one of my friends at Randall, 
Dave Griffin, and was called the Griffin 
style for some time. It was later changed 
to the single finger groove. He was an 
employee for 30 years until he had to 
retire due to health problems. Dave has 
since passed away and is missed by all at 
Randall Made Knives. 

The Border Patrol shape was the de- 
sign of a Randall customer. His name 
was Fred Capio and he was a Border Pa- 
trol agent. Along with Gary Randall, Mr. 
Capio came up with the shape and named 
it the Border Patrol. The knives were the 
Model 14, each with a small, reproduced 



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badge inlaid in the handle. Mr. Capio 
ordered them for Border Patrol agents. 
At the completion of the order, a little 
over 300 of the knives with the inlay had 
been made. 

5: What's the origin of the Model 22? 
(B.I., Simpsonville, South Carolina) 

The Model 22 was designed by David 
Samuels, an employee of Randall Made 
Knives in the early '70s. It was added 
to the 21 st printing of the Randall cata- 
logue in 1971. It was truly a "shiner" and 
wasn't made for hacking. It had a very 
thin blade with a wide bevel. It's still in 
production. 

6: Why were the square hilts discon- 
tinued? (B.D., Chicago, Illinois) 

If you're questioning the top of the single 
hilts, they were flat on top for the user 
to place a thumb. If you have a Randall 
knife with such a hilt, you will notice that 
at either side of the flat there's a point, 
which felt sharp to most people and also 
dug into the sheath. This section was 
rounded to eliminate the problems. 

If you're referring to the square tops 
of the Model 14 and 15, they were altered 
when the hilt of the 18 was changed. The 
change was due to the tube handle no 
longer being crimped, a process that was 
precluded when the wall thickness of the 
handle was increased so that it could be 
threaded for the buttcap. The hilt was 
shaped with a taper to the top and bot- 
tom. It was felt that the look of the tapers 
was better than the square ends, so the 
change was made. The taper of the hilts 
of the 14 and 15 first appeared in the 26 th 
catalogue printing in 1983. The taper of 
the hilt on the 18 first appeared in the 
23rd catalogue printing in 1975. 

7: Where is the original King Faisal 
set? (S.F., Boulder, Colorado) 

The Faisal set was delivered in 1957. 
Shortly thereafter, the king was assassi- 
nated. I don't know where the knives are 
now and I don't know anyone who does. 
With the problems over there (Iraq), I 
don't know how anyone could find out. If 
anyone knows, please contact me. 

8: I'd like to know more about a Model 
17 my father gave me. It has a brown 
Micarta® handle and Dad said that he 
thinks the blade is carbon steel. For 
insurance and collecting purposes, 
is it worth anything? (G.S., Atlanta, 
Georgia) 

I don't like to quote values because they 



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vary day to day, but you should know 
that the carbon steel Model 17 was one of 
the first groups of 17 made and its value 
now is quite high. As for it being a col- 
lectible, yes, it's very much in demand 
by collectors. 

Send your questions to the Randall Answer 
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revolving abrasive stones. The author says he 
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1 // nife-sharpening locales can be di- 
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category that I'd like 
to address, as well as 
ones I've used with 
consistent success 
through the years. 

In the field, you 
must select a sharp- 
ener that can produce 
satisfactory results 
quickly and with a 
minimum of trouble. 
A small pocketsize 
whetstone can do the 
job, though you must 
be proficient at free- 
hand knife sharpen- 
ing to use one. Given 
the fact that most knife users struggle 
with whetstone work, several alterna- 
tives may be better suited. 

The fastest way to re-establish 



"The fastest way 

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an edge is with 

one of the 'drag- 

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sharpeners." 

— the author 



an edge is with one of the "drag-and- 
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To use a drag and 
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knife on a solid sur- 
face with the cut- 
ting edge up. Hold 
the knife steady 
with one hand and 
the sharpener with 
the other. Engage 
the edge near the 
handle with the "Y" 
notch formed by the 
sharpening tips. Us- 
ing light downward 

pressure, draw the 

sharpener along the 
entire length of the cutting edge. Tools 
of this category that I've used and can 
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For freehand knife 
sharpening on a whetstone, 
there are many different options, 
including natural and manmade 
stones, diamond-impregnated stones 
and stones with multiple sharpening sur- 
faces. One of the author's leading choices 
is the new DMT DuoBase with a 6x2-inch 
diamond stone sharpener. 

then draw the edge through the sharpen- 
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The fastest way to re-establish an 
edge is with one of the "drag-and- 
scrape" knife sharpeners, which 
consists of a pair of tungsten-carbide 
sharpening tips set into a hand-held 
fixture at an appropriate angle. An 
example of the category that the au- 
thor has used and recommends is the 
AccuSharp Knife and Tool Sharpener 
Model 001, here fine tuning a Schrade 
Uncle Henry Model 164. 



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The Tri- Angle Sharpmaker 204 MF 
from Spyderco comes with two 
sets of high alumina ceramic 
stones — medium grit for aggres- 
sive sharpening and fine for 
professional grade finishing. A 
set of brass safety rods protects 
your hands during sharpening. 
The knife is a Buck 119 A. 



Another easy-to-use field-sharpener 
methodology employs a pair of crossed 
sharpening steels set into a hand-held 
fixture. Edgemaker manufactures sev- 
eral different variations. The original 
Model 012 is the one I favor for edge 
touch-ups — similar to the way a butcher 
does with a sharpening steel. 

One more excellent sharpener for 
field use features a diamond-impregnat- 
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brass handle. The model that has ac- 
companied me on several trips to the 
field is the Round Diamond Sharpener 
Model M from EZE-LAP. I've also used 
the GATCO Diamond Stix Sharpener 
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The author has used the sharpener style consisting 

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Schrade Uncle Henry 885UH — several times in the 

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Another of the author's favorite drag- 
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Schrade Uncle Henry 164 fixed blade. 



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Simply remove the shaft from the 
handle container and secure it in place by 
means of a handle-attached screw collar. 
There are no component parts to lose, no 
special setup and no lubricant necessary. 
Engage the blade at an appropriate angle 
and begin moving the diamond-impreg- 
nated shaft along the length of the edge. 

The new Meyerco Alien II incor- 
porates a tapered diamond shaft and a 
pair of tungsten carbide tips in the same 
hand-held fixture. It both re-establishes 
the cutting edge and hones it to a fine 
sharpness — all in one tool. 

Whetstone devotees will probably 
prefer the sharpeners consisting of han- 
dy pocket stones attached to folding pro- 
tective handles. These are available in a 
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"An electric knife 

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produce foolproof 

results each time 

you use it." 

— the author 



Another type of easy-to-use knife- 
sharpening technology consists of a pair 
of revolving abrasive stones. McGowan 
Manufacturing makes a number of such 
tools, including the FireStone Knife 
Safe, which also contains a fillet knife. 
It's a perpetual part of my fishing gear. 

Camp Sharpeners 

Since storage space and tool weight 
are not serious considerations in most 
camps, if you have mastered freehand 
knife sharpening, you can use your fa- 
vorite whetstone. Of course, there are 
many different options, including natu- 
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DMT DuoBase with a 6x2-inch diamond 
stone sharpener. And an EZE-LAP dia- 
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erally, ceramic sharpening rods, in both 
round and triangular shapes, are used. 
Since the tool base serves as a storage 
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is self-contained. The two holes in the 
base, each drilled at a precise angle, can 
be used to position the rods at the cor- 
rect sharpening angle (some sharpeners 
have more than one rod-insertion posi- 
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things even easier, the need for lubricant 
is eliminated and thus the mess with it. 



"The Lansky 

Crock Stick 

Professional has 

been a part of my 

camping gear for 

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— the author 



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gear for several years. The alumina ce- 
ramic sharpening rods can be set at ei- 
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into the base for storage. 

The Tri-Angle Sharpmaker 204MF 
from Spyderco is another perennial "V" 
sharpener favorite. It comes with two 
sets of high alumina ceramic stones — 
medium grit for aggressive sharpening 
and fine for professional grade finishing. 
A set of brass safety rods protects your 
hands during sharpening. 

The kit-contained, fixture-mounted 
sharpener eliminates all the guesswork 
surrounding which angle to use. It con- 
sists of a knife clamp and several stones 
for different levels of abrasion. Clamp 
the knife in, then insert the guide rod 
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guide. To sharpen the knife, all you have 
to do is draw the hone across the edge. 
This tool allows you to replicate a con- 
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and sharpening lubricant — are all con- 
tained in a molded storage container, 
complete with instructions for use. In 
this category, I give both the GAT- 
CO Edgemate Model 10005 and the 
DMT Deluxe Aligner high marks for 



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outstanding performance. 

Sharp At Home 

Certainly, every knife sharpener men- 
tioned so far can be used in your home. 
However, with an electric knife sharpen- 
er, you're more likely to keep your knives 
at the peak of cutting performance. And 
electric knife sharpeners possess the 
best features — preset sharpening angle, 
different types of abrasives and satis- 
factory edge establishment — of all. The 
major difference is the speed and ease of 
sharpening. 

While electric knife sharpeners have 
been on the market for many years, older 
models were nothing more than mini- 
grinders. The abrasive wheels moved 
so fast that an unacceptable level of 
friction — i.e., heat — was produced that 
could compromise the blade's heat treat- 
ment. When that occurred, edge reten- 
tion went downhill fast! Simply put, 
many earlier electric knife sharpeners 
damaged the blade rather than restored 
the edge. Fortunately, that's all changed 
in recent years. 

I've used the Chef's Choice EdgeSe- 
lect Model 120 enough to realize that 
there's no better and easier way to do the 
job. Moreover, an electric knife sharp- 
ener will produce foolproof results each 
time you use it. 



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V knife sharp- 
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for camp use." 

— the author 



Last Cut 

My father used only one type of knife 
sharpener — a dual-faced (coarse/soft 
and fine/hard) whetstone. It was stored 
in a kitchen drawer but, when we went 
afield, the old man made sure it was part 
of our camp gear. Even when we packed 
into some remote backcountry location, 
he carried the whetstone in his pack. 

Thankfully, knife-sharpening tech- 
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double Jack with a 1 -inch-round 
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Last spring started with the dream of 
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build a new knife shop. A new shop had 
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worked before we met. I've lived most of 
my life well below what modern American 
government officials proclaim to be "the 
poverty level." Of course, that's only as far 




The 30x60-foot monolithic slab for 
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the 1930s and has a character all its own. 
When we moved to the Willow Bow Com- 
munity, the shop was filled with scrap iron 
and one incandescent light bulb with a 
pull chain hung from a rafter in the center. 
Years passed and slowly the shop and I got 
to know each other. 

The old shop was where my dreams 
became realities. I experimented with dif- 
ferent steels and heat-treating methods. 
Through their knives in my old shop, I 
visited with knifemakers who had passed 
on many years before my time. Ten great 
dogs, each of them supreme companions 
of man, several cats, lambs, newborn 
calves and a few horses shared time with 
me in my old shop. Many knifemakers and 
clients visited my old shop; friendship 
lived there. Sure, my old shop wasn't much 
compared to a hospital laboratory, but 
it was mine. 

Thirty years ago I could only afford to 
insulate the walls and ceiling of my shop 
with old newspapers and cardboard. Those 
were followed by some scrap Styrofoam™ 
from a construction project up town and, 
later, some fiberglass insulation. Mean- 
while, I used discarded plywood to spruce 
the inside up and provide a little more shel- 
ter from the wind, heat and cold, and rain 
and snow. A wood stove provided a small 
amount of heat, though a sonic boom from 
some government experiments shook the 
stovepipe loose and set the cedar-shin- 
gle roof on fire. We put the fire out with 
buckets of water from the slough and re- 
placed the shingles that had been con- 
sumed by the flames. 

My old shop continued to be a part of 
those first knives, most of which were given 
away. My forge was a farrier's coal model 
from a pawnshop, the hand crank turned 
by my children — when I could catch them. 
My first "power hammer" was a 10-pound 
double jack with a 1 -inch-round steel bar 
welded on for a handle. 

My first grinder was a well-used 1/4- 
horsepower stone-wheel bench model; 
my drill press was a hand held 1/4-inch 
electric drill. My most prized knifemak- 
ing possession was and still is an Eclipse 
Model V-7 3 -inch bench vise given me by 
my grandfather, along with his Norton fine 
India bench stone. I had made many other 
knives before coming to the Willow Bow 
Ranch; this was a new generation. My first 
knives that I sold for $20 were enough en- 
couragement to keep me in materials to 
make more knives. 

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fers from garage sales and scrap yards. I 
mounted them on pedestals I made from 
scrap materials. Eventually, I was able to 
afford a Burr King 960 belt grinder and a 
real propane forge from Ken Mankel. New 
pieces of equipment were added one at a 
time as opportunity or an exceptional deal 
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well equipped. 

As time passed we added what I felt 
was adequate lighting — two windows let 
in daylight and afforded some ventilation. 
Five light fixtures were mounted on open 
rafters. When I worked on a knife, only 
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honestly never saw the lack of organiza- 
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the wives and companions of visiting knife 
friends chose to sit in their cars or out- 
side under the shade trees while my knife 
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my first knives using nothing more than a 
cold chisel, vise, blowtorch, claw hammer, 
files and sandpaper. If you want to make 
knives bad enough, you will in spite of the 
tools available. Your shop will grow with 
your enthusiasm. 

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an extension onto my shop. This sounded 
good. He rightfully convinced me that 
we would be wasting our time trying to 
remodel or add on to the old shop, so we 
decided to build a new one. 

The new shop was first planned as a 
20x30-foot building on a monolithic slab. 
Plans grew and soon we had laid a 30x60- 
foot monolithic slab, with two deep, 
reinforced concrete pads to support the 
power hammers. 

One evening after the cement crew 
left, I carried several five-gallon buck- 
ets filled with experimental blades and, 
one at a time, buried them in the dirt where 
the slab was to be poured the follow- 
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were and are the foundation of all that we 
have achieved. I felt it was an appropriate 
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pump that, so far, has heated the shop at 
half the cost of my old one. In the summer 
the heat pump also provides air condition- 
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company saw the job Jim had done wiring 



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JULY 2004 




the breaker box, he called the rest of his 
crew in to study it, claiming it was the best 
example of workmanship he'd seen on a 
breaker box with 40 breakers! 

The electrical system in my old shop 
was a maze of wiring that started with- 
out any plan other than "get a light here or 
maybe there." Each electrical outlet ran to 
more homemade extension cords. The fuse 
box had four screw-in fuses that regularly 
yielded their responsibility at will. One 
outlet got its electricity from somewhere 
that wasn't included in the main shop line; 
it was very reliable and never blew a fuse. 
In the interest of safety, I used a large felt- 
tip marker to place the notice, "NOT ON 
MAIN BREAKER," on the wall above it. 



My old shop had two windows that ad- 
mitted little light and little ventilation. The 
new shop has 18 windows that, during the 
day, adequately light and provide radiant 
heat for most work. The old shop didn't get 
much ventilation via the windows or doors, 
though it was well ventilated through the 
walls. The new shop has 14 inches of in- 
sulation in the ceiling and 6 inches in the 
walls, and is tight enough that I have to 
open a couple of windows for ventilation. 

Next time: The author waxes even more 
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2002 Reproduction 




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OAL Length -12 3/4" 
Actual Cutting 

Edge -6 1/2" 

Thickness ■( 3/16") 
Blade Color- Tactical 

Black or Gray 
( Steel ■ S30V Re 60 ] 
Heat Treated by 

Paul Bos 
Handle - Black 

Linen Micarta® 
Sheath - Kydex 

Heavy Duty 




TOPS 

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P. 0. Box 2544 

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(Airborne Rangers, Viet Nam - Forester - W-Jia. 
Field Tester SC Editor, Tactical Knives) TOPS 

KNIVES 






SPECIFICATIONS: I 

" Blade Length -5 1/4" 
Cutting Edge - 4 7/8" 
r 0/A Length - 10" Thickness - 1/8" I 
Blade Color - Tactical Gray 
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Re 58-60 Heat Treated by Paul Bos | 
Handle - Black Linen Micarta® 
Sheath - Kydex heavy duty LBE | 
Revolving Spring Steel Clip 



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MADE IN 

USA 



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COMBINED 

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52100 
Steel 



315 Courthouse Dr. 

Salmon, ID 83467 

Photo by Blade Gallery 208-756-3797 



K\ou\ton Knives 

Custom Knives 
& Engr^vm 



Dusty Moulton 

135 HilMew Lane 

Loudon, TN 3777 A 

Phone B&S-40B-9779 

www.mouitonknives.com 



TOPS KNIVES 

FOR SUMMER 2004 



" CHICO "™ #CHI-0I 

(WITH LED FLASH LIGHT) 

SRP 
$49.00 
+S&H 



" BAGHDAD BULLET 
&BAGB-03 
SRP 
$99.00 
+S&H 




COMMON 

SPECIFICATIONS 

FOR BAGHDAD BULLET 

& BLUE OTTER: 

Blade Length -3 1/2" 

0/A Length ■ 6 1/4" 

Actual Cutting Edge - 2 7/8" 

Thickness - (g/jg ) 

Blade Color - Gray 

Steel -1095 High Carbon 

Alloy Re 58 

Handle- Blue/Black G-10 

Sheath - Kydex 



BLUE OTTER"™ " SNEAKY PETE 
#BLUOT-01 MINI "™ #SPM-01 



SRP 
$79.00 
+S&H 



Specifications : 

Blade Length - 1 7/8' 

0/A Length -4 1/2" 

| Actual Cutting 

fC Edge -17/8" 

^/T\\\ Thickness -(3/16^ 

Steel -1095 High Carbon 

Alloy - Re 58 
Blade Color - Tactical Black 
Skeletonized Handle 
Sheath - Kydex Neck Chain 
and Snap Link 



"SAW™ (SPECIAL ASSAULT WEAPON) 

#SAW-01 

Specifications: 

Blade Length -3 1/2" • 

0/A Length -7 1/2" 

Thickness - (3/16") 

Actual Cutting Edge - 3 1/2" 

Steel -1095 High Carbon 

Alloy - Re 58 
Blade Color -Tactical Black 1 01 %s MaH(* IM I I^A 

Skeletonized Handle Sheath - Leather I V I /O IWCfUfc? Iff UOM 




SRP $109.00 +S&H 



Specifications : 
Blade Length -2 1/2" 
0/A Length - 6" 
Actual Cutting 
Edge -2 1/2" 
Thickness -[W) 
Steel -154 CM RC 58-60 
Blade Color - Tactical Black 
Skeletonized Handle 
Sheath - Kydex Neck Chain 
and Snap Link 




TOPS 

Tactical-OPS USA 
P. 0. Box 2544 
Idaho Falls, ID 83403 
Phone:(208)542-0113 
FAX: (208) 552-2945 
www.topsknives.com 
...BORN IN THE USA... 



SPECIAL OPS TRUST TOPS 

...CAUSE THEY'RE HARD TO THE CORE 1 





Lawrence E. McLean 

"" " 848-5779* lmclean@socal.rr.com 




JULY 2004 



BLADE / 75 




BUY, SELL, TRADE 



OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dot and 
others. Clean outstanding knives with pretty handles. Please 
call or write for my list. Charlie Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, 
TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, voice mail pager. Mobile phone 
615-419-5669. Http://www.mattoxknife.com 

WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and older. 
Check with Charlie before you sell. Call or write. Charlie 
Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, 
voice mail pager. Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 
Http://www.mattoxknife.com 



6876 






remington! 




REMINGTON BULLET Knives; special knife issues; posters; 
Remington company collectables. 800-622-5120. 


7602 






SWORDS 



HOLLYWOOD REPLICAS is your one stop source for movie 
and TV weapons! We carry all currently available products! 
Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, Highlander, Xena and 
more! All with our lowest price guarantee! Visit our website at 
http://www.hollywoodreplicas.com for complete details! Free 
locator service! Hollywood Replicas, 1029 Johnson Street, 
Des Moines, IA 50315, 515-770-5234, E-mail: 
hreplicas@aol.com 

THOUSANDS OF antique swords, daggers, polearms, guns, 
accessories, armor and related items. All cultures and all 
periods. The world's largest stock brought to you in fully 
illustrated color catalogs, $10 annual subscription (two 
catalogs and six new stock bulletins). Serving collectors 
since 1965. Faganarms, Box 425K, Fraser, Ml 48026. 



7674 MISC. KNIFE TYPES/PATTERNS 



TRAINING KNIVES and Kali Sticks: Many knife styles and sizes 
which replicate actual blades. Lightweight material with wide 
striking surface allow for harder and faster training with TAK 
Training Knives. Great Dealer Programs for Martial Arts 
Studios and Retailers. info@TAKknife.com, 

www.TAKknife.com 



LOVELESS (BOB) 



LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 181, 
Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 



MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768-4821. 



RANDALL 



I WILL pay top dollar for old Randall knives with Heiser 
sheaths in good condition. McCotter 252-633-5697. 



SCAGEL KNIVES and Axes wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 



9224 MISCELLANEOUS HANDMADE 



EXQUISITE HANDMADE Dendritic steel kitchen cutlery and 
outdoor knives, with or without original artwork etched on the 
blades, superb edge holding & easy to sharpen. Francine 
Etched Knives www.francineetchings.com 831-426-6046, 
800-557-1525. 

JIMMY LILE "Rambo The Mission" matte version, pre-dot & 
Gil Hibben "Rambo III" #14 of 350, with/certificate. Will only 
be sold as a pair for $3,500. Contact 201-224-6135. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana, Randall, Loveless, Morseth, 
Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. Any Heiser knife or 
axe sheaths. 229-732-6982, anytime. Gordon White, Box 181, 
Cuthbert, GA 39840. m 



FOR SALE: Military knives, mostly WWII, including Disston 
1918 Trench knife, case pig sticker, PAL RH35 Mark I, PAL 
RH36 commercial, Kabar Mark II USN, and many others 
including several authentic reproductions. Terry 410-252- 
6660. 



BUYING UNUSUAL Multi tools. Have most major tools. If you 
have unusual or rare tools, send description and price to: 
David W. Long, PO Box 996, Paducah, KY 42002. 

FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moose), buckskins, tanned furs, 
etc. Over 150,000 items. Complete Internet catalog (pictures). 
http://www.hideandfur.com 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, Scagel, 
Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, Loveless, 
Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and pocketknives, 
watches. Send description and price to: Angelo Solino, 201 
Toronto Ave., Massapequa, NY 11758. 516-798-4252. 



CATALOGS/ MAIL ORDER 



CANADA'S KNIFEZONE, premier online knife and sword store. 
160 brands including Grohmann knives, http://knifezone.ca, 1- 
866-885-6433. 

COLLECTOR GRADE Knives- Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Ka-Bar, 
Robeson, Remington and Case. We stock knifepaks and rolls. 
Send $2 for our catalog. S&S & Sons Cutlers, POB 501 C, 
Lomita, CA 90717. 310-326-3869 or visit our web site 
http://www.snsandsonscutlers.com 

CRK&T, SPYDERCO, Benchmade, Cold Steel, Case, Under, 
Marbles +many more. Large selection, low prices. Over 5,000 
items. 146 page color catalog. Send $3, refundable with 
puchase. Visa & MC. Ruff's Sadddle Shop Knife Sales, 20747 
Wiygul Rd, Umatilla, FL 32784, 352-669-3143, E-mail: 
cutrope@aol.com 

DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on Case, Columbia River, Chris Reeve, 
Buck, Puma, Lone Wolf, Smith and Wesson, Gerber, Boker, 
Benchmade, Spyderco, Queen Schatt & Morgan, Kershaw and 
many more. Free catalog. Sooner State Knives, PO Box 67, 
Konawa, OK 74849. 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. 
ssknives@swbell.net or visit our web site 
www.soonerstateknives.com. 

GREEN RIVER Knives, ivory micarta, buffalo horn, oak, with 
sheaths. Brochure $1 York Mountain Enterprises, RD2 Box 
272B Dept. B, Pittsfield, PA 16340. 

KNIFE LIST: Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued items. $1 
(refundable) and large SASE to: Knives, 1426 S. 167th St., 
Omaha, NE 68130 or knifelist@tconl.com 

LIST OF over 600 automatic antique and modern knives. 
Including Case Zippers, Ka-Bar, Grizzly, Presto, Flylock, Case, 
Remington, Latama, Italian pick locks and many more brands. 
Send $5.00 refundable with first order. Skelton Enterprise, 
Jerry Skelton, 3795 Hwy. 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 731-656- 
2443. Request list "S". 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent free for 
SASE to: Tru-Balance Knife Co., PO Box 140555, Grand 
Rapids, Ml 49514. 



ENGRAVING 



CUSTOM LASER engraving for knives, tools, etc. Call Laser 
Blades 800-966-5643 or fax 941-378-9427 for quote. 

HANDCUT ENGRAVING: Specializing in knives, quick 
turnaround. Call Barry Snell, evenings 6pm to 9pm EST. 727- 
398-7568 



MORAN (BILL«9770 



HANDLE MATERIALS 



DESERT IRONWOOD- screwbean mesquite. Knife handles, 
gun stocks, pistol grips, contenders and encores a specialty, 
finished or raw blocks, will ship UPS. 480-948-3638. 
Satisfaction guaranteed. 

IRONWOOD BURL scales, blocks, folders, squares, cubes, 
logs online at http://www.ironwoodbydon.com and other 
woods 520-625-5067. 



SCAGEL (WILUAMM9780 



HEAT TREATING 



HEAT TREATING & deep sub-zero (minus 300 F) cryogenic 
quench. Rockwell testina & certificates available. Air 
quenchables steels only. Call toll-free 888-461-8632 Texas 
Knifemakers Supply. 

OIL HARDENING/ zone and clay tempering- all steels. Lee 
Oates, PO Box 1391, LaPorte, TX 77572-1391. For prices 
http://www.bearclawknives.com 281 -587-6080. 



KNIFE CLUBS/ SOCIETIES 



ENJOY MINIATURE knives? Join the Miniature Knifemakers 
Society. For information, contact: Earl Witsaman, 3957 
Redwing Circle, Stow, OH 44224, E-mail: eawits@aol.com 



9840 KNIFEMAKING EQUIPMENT 



COOTE BELTGRINDER and contact wheels. Visit us at 
www.cootebeltgrinder.com, E-mail coote@olypen.com, phone 
360-437-0366. 



KNIFEMAKING SUPPLIES 



FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and gold plated 
screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. Johnson, Box 11, 
Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558-6128. 

http://www.customknives.comr.b.johnson/ 



IVORY LEGAL African elephant sold in full tusks or sections. 
Alan Zanotti, 22 Goodwin Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360. 508-746- 
8552. 

IVORY PRE-BAN African elephant sold in slabs, tusk sections, 
and whole tusks. Warther's of Ohio, 330-343-1865. 

MAMMOTH IVORY, blues, greens, and blacks. Fossil 
Walruss ivory and Oosic Best selection, best colors, best 
prices. See me at the Blade Show table 20T. Daniel 

Westlind, Beaver Creek Trading. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane fired 
shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip hammers. 
Call for prices. Mankel 616-874-6955. 

NORDIC KNIVES and materials, handmade and factory made. 
Blades, sheaths, wood, leather. Large selection. 
http://www.brisa.fi 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your name, logo 
or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel stamps made to 
your specifications. "If it's worth making, it's worth marking." 
Established 1898. Henry A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., 
Providence, Rl 02905. 401-781-4767. 

TEXAS KNIFEMAKERS Supply, large mail order catalog 
available. Call toll-free 888-461-8632. 



KNIFE SHOPS 



SHARP STUFF. Antique, custom and factory knives. Buy, sell 
and trade in shop. 3655 North Campbell Ave. at Prince, Tucson 
AZ 85719. 520-881-0327. 



LEATHER/ SHEATHS 



CUSTOM LEATHER knife sheaths in your design or mine. Write 
or call: Robert Schrap, 7024 W. wells St., Wauwatosa, Wl 
53213. 414-771-6472 evenings or knifesheaths@aol.com 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and Mike Walker 
send their folders with one of these soft goatskin, ultrasuede 
lined slips. Six sizes for pocket or belt. Arne Mason, 258 
Wimer, Ashland, OR 97520. 541-482-2260, fax 541-482-7785. 
www.arnemason.com 



9935 MULTIPLE BRANDS FOR SALE 



CUTTING EDGE CUTLERY is CANADA'S source for knives. Visit 
www.swords.ca or Call 306.374. EDGE for your needs. No one 
in CANADA has more knives. 



REPAIR (KNIFE) 



KNIFE REPAIR and Restoration. Maintain an old friend or 
protect an investment. Miracles are not predictable, but with 
time, research and care they are possible. Contact 337-754- 
5461 or FAX 337-754-9159 for timely repair. 



SALES/ AUCTIONS 



FOR SALE Raffle tickets for the National Knife Collectors 
Association 2004 KNIFE RAFFLE, drawing to be held October 
23, 2004. The NKCA is raffling off four custom knives as a 
fundraiser this year; custom made 23" dagger, one-of-a-kind, 
by Ben Shostle in 1993, valued at $10,000; custom made 
Dietmer Kressler ivory handled hunting knife, valued at 
$2,000; custom 2-bladed Saddlehorn folder by John Howser; 
and a custom made miniature damascus hunting knife by 
Roger "Mudbone" Jones. Also, (2) Queen Cutlery Co Pearl 
Prototypes; and one custom axe by Ryan Johnson. You do not 
have to be present to win in raffle, as the winners will have 
knives shipped to them in October. RAFFLE TICKETS- $10-12 
tickets; $20-24 tickets; $50-60; etc. Mail your check/ money 
order to NKCA RAFFLE, PO Box 21070, Chattanooga, TN 
37424-0070 or call and charge to VISA/MC, (423) 892-5007 or 
e-mail: NKCA@aol.com for more information. Give us your 
mailing address if sending check/ money order. 

FOR SALE Raffle tickets for the National Knife Collectors 
Association 2004 KNIFE RAFFLE, drawing to be held October 
23, 2004. The NKCA is raffling off four custom knives as a 
fundraiser this year; custom made 23" dagger, one-of-a-kind, 
by Ben Shostle in 1993, valued at $10,000; custom made 
Dietmer Kressler ivory handled hunting knife, valued at 
$2,000; custom 2-bladed Saddlehorn folder by John Howser; 
and a custom made miniature Damascus hunting knife by 
Roger "Mudbone" Jones. You do not have to be present to win 
in raffle, as the winners will have knives shipped to them in 
October. RAFFLE TICKETS- $10-12 tickets; $20-24 tickets; 
$50-60; etc. Mail your check/ money order to NKCA RAFFLE, 
PO Box 21070, Chattanooga, TN 37424-0070 or call and 
charge to VISA/MC, (423) 892-5007 or e-mail: NKCA@aol.com 
for more information. Give us your mailing address if sending 
check/ money order. 



SCRIMSHAW 



CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juanita Rae Conover. Single or full 
color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional quality. Call for sample 
pictures and turn around information. PO Box 70442, Eugene, 
OR 97401, 541-747-1726 orjuanitaraeconover@yahoo.com 



9985 SHARPENING/ SHARPENERS 



FOR SALE Nicholson Grinder MU-76-LH. Make offer. Carol, 
502-845-2284. KY. 



9996 MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTS 



NORTHWEST KNIVES, www.nwknives.com 800-611-8849, 
Antique, custom, military, factory, swords- we've got it all. Free 
Catalog! 



76 / BLADE 



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ANTIQUE FACTORY KNIVES 

6010 American Knife Co. 

6020 Baldwin Cutlery Co. 

6025 Belknap Hardware Co. 

6030 Bertram (C) Cutlery Co. 

6035 Boker Germany 

6040 Boker USA 

6045 Bruckman (E) Cutlery 

6050 Bruckmann, Solingen 

6055 Burkinshaw Knife Co. 

6060 Camillus 

6065 Canton Cutlery Co. 

6070 Case Brothers 

6075 Cattaraugus 

6080 Central City Knife Co. 

6090 Christy Knife Co. 

6095 Colonial Cutlery Co. 

6100 Cripple Creek, USA 

6105 Diamond Edge 

6110 Eagle Pocket Knife Co. 



6120 Eye Brand Knives 
6125 George Wostenholm 
6130 Gerber Legendary 

Blade 
6135 Grohmann 
6140 Heimerdinger Cutlery Co. 
6150 Henry Sears 1865 
6175 John Primble, Belknap 
6200 Klaas, Robert 
6210 Lackawanna Cutlery Co. 
6225 Marble Arms & Manf Co. 
6235 Napanoch Knife Co. 
6254 Ontario Knife Co. 
6262 Pal Cutlery Co. 
6282 Russell Barlows 
6300 Utica 

6310 Wade & Butcher 
6325 Misc. Antique Factory 

Knives 
FACTORY BRANDS 
6340 Al Mar 

6380 Barteaux Machetes Inc. 
6390 Bear MGC 



6398 Benchmade 
6421 Blue Mountain 

Turquoise 
6424 Boker 
6448 Buck 
6466 Bulldog 
6476 C.A.S. Iberia Inc 
6480 Camillus 
6486 Case 
6492 Case Classics 
6510 Cold Steel 
6523 Columbia River 

Knife & Tool 
6530 Cripple Creek 
6580 Fairbairn-Sykes 
6586 Fight'n Rooster 
6614 Gerber 
6650 Henckels 
6660 IBCA/ABCA 
6700 Ka-Bar 
6766 Marble's 
6842 Puma 
6860 Queen 
6876 Remington 
6940 Smith & Wesson 
6944 Sog Specialty 
6952 Spyderco 
7040 Valley Forge 
7046 Victorinox 
7084 Winchester 
7090 Misc. Factory Brands 
KNIFE TYPES / PATTERNS 
7100 Advertising 
7126 Baseball Bat 
7132 Bayonets 
7138 Bolos 
7144 Boot 



7152 Bowies 

7158 Bowies (Antique) 

7180 Camp 

7232 Commemoratives / 

Limited Editions 

7290 Diving 

7322 Fighters 

7334 Folding 

7338 Folding (Multi-Blade) 

7344 Fruit 

7374 Hunting (Folders) 

7376 Hunting (Straight) 

7420 Machetes 

7450 Navy 

7460 Office 

7466 One-Hand 

7526 Razors 

7532 Rifleman's 

7540 Scout 

7546 Senator 

7576 Sog (Type) 

7602 Swords 

7622 Tool/Pliers 

7628 Toothpick 

7640 Trench 

7650 Utility 

7660 Wharncliffe 

7666 Whittler 

7674 Misc. Knife Types/ 

Patterns 
HANDMADES 

7718 Bartrug (Hugh) 

7778 Bose (Tony) 

7785 Boye (David) 

7792 Burke (Dan) 

7800 Centofante (Frank) 

7818 Cooper (John Nelson) 

7825 Corbit (Jerry) 

7888 Davis (Terry) 



7928 Emerson (Ernest) 
7958 Fisk (Jerry) 
7980 Fowler (Ed) 
8020 Gilbreath (Randall) 
8030 Goddard (Wayne) 
8128 Holder (D') 
8188 Hudson (Robbin) 
8348 Lile (Jimmy) 
8400 Loveless (Bob) 
8450 Moran (Bill) 
8708 Randall 
8788 Ruana (Rudy) 
8808 Scagel (William) 
8880 Shadley (Eugene) 
8900 Smith (J.D.) 
8968 Terzuola (Robert) 
9000 Tighe (Brian) 
9100 Walker (Michael) 
9150 Warenski (Buster) 
9170 Wile (Peter) 
9180 Yellowhorse (David) 
9224 Miscellaneous 

Handmade 
MILITARY 
9310 Civil War 
9365 Korean 
9405 Vietnam 
9432 WWI 
9445 WWII - German 
9450 WWII -Japanese 
9465 WWII - USA 
9470 WWII - Miscellaneous 
9475 Miscellaneous Military 
MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTS / 
SERVICES 

9680 Agency Wanted 
9685 Appraisal Services 
9690 Auction Services 
9700 Books / Magazines / 

Videos 



9705 Buy /Sell /Trade 
9710 Catalogs / Mail Order 

Lists 
9712 Cigar Cutters 
9715 Collectible 

Advertisements 
9720 Collections 
9730 Dealers Wanted 
9735 Design Services 
9738 Distr Wanted 
9740 Engraving 
9750 Factory Reps Wanted 
9770 Handle Materials 
9780 Heat Treating 
9790 Knife Boxes / Containers 
9800 Knife Cases / Displays 
9810 Knife Clubs / Societies 
9825 Knife Rolls 
9840 Knifemaking Equipment 
9850 Knifemaking Instruction 
9875 Knifemaking Supplies 
9890 Knife Shops 
9895 Knife Shows 
9900 Leather / Sheaths 
9915 Manufacturers Wanted 
9924 Memorabilia (Knife) 

9935 Multiple Brands For Sale 

9936 Multiple Brands Wanted 
9938 Oils & Lubricants 
9940 Original Catalogs 
9945 Repair (Knife) 

9965 Sales / Auctions 
9975 Scrimshaw 
9980 Services, Miscellaneous 
9985 Sharpening / 

Sharpeners 
9988 Show Cases 
9991 Steels 
9993 Tobacco Products 
9996 Miscellaneous Products 



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ADVERTISERS' INDEX 



J 



fa Clem & Co 9 

A.G. Russell Knives, Inc 61 ™ Parker Knives 74 

Knjves 52 Collectables Insurance Agency. . . 83 



Colonial Cutlery 30 

Columbia River 25, 33 

Crawford, Pat 93 



Accent 

Aeroblades 44 

Al Mar Knives 57 

American Bladesmith Society . . 73 _ 

Angel Sword 84 Creative Concepts 8 

Arizona Custom Knives . 57 ^stom Krafe Company. ...... 37 

Atlanta Cutlery 115 Custom Knife Ga ^ 0f Colorado " 27 

Custom Laser 97 



Axtion Bladez 72 

B 

Balboa Manufacturing 23 

Banyon Bay, Inc 84 

Barr, A 67 



Custom Shoppe, LLC 56 

D 

Davidson, Edmund 71 

Denton, J 67 



Barrett Firearms Mfg.' '. '. '. '. '. '. '. 41 Diamond Machinin 9 Technolo 9y ■ ■ 34 

Beckwith's Blades 1 02 E 

Best Knives 95 Edgecraft Corporation 48 

Blackwater Cutlery 68 Elishewitz Custom Knives 94 

Blade Art 39 Emerson Knives 24 



Blade Show 2004 43 

Bladegallery.com 24 

Blue Ridge Knives ... 94, 103, 105 

Bob Dozier Knives 94 

Bowie Corporation 71 

Briar Custom Knives 99 

Brigade Quartermaster 11 

Britton, Tim 23 

Buck Knives 22 

Burke, Bill 75 

Burke, Dan 67 

Burr King Mfg. Co., Inc 102 

Busse Combat Knife Co 103 

c 

C.A.S. Iberia 116 

Carlson, Kelly 67 

Chopra Deepak 92 

Chris Reeve Knives 26 



Eze-Lap Diamond Products. ... 47 

F 

Fallkniven 56 

Finer Points 55 

Foster, Burt 72 

Fowler, Ed 110 

Fraps, John 57 

Frost Cutlery 49 

G 

G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co 69 

Gary Levine Fine Knives 99 

Gedraitis, Charles 70 

Graham Knives 73 

Great Western Shows 64 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 91 

H 

Halpern Titanium 68 



Hanna, Jack 71 

Harper Manufacturing 70 

Henry Evers Corp 90 

Hornady Manufacturing Co 36 

Horsehead Creek Knives 102 



Riverside Machine 68 

s 



McLean, Lawrence 75 

Michael O'Machearly 73 

Microtech 61 _ ., _ , 

Mission Knives & Tools . 95 Self Defense Supply 17 



Mooney, Mike 

Moore Cutlery 95 



Sentry Solutions Ltd 42 

Seto Cutlery 74 



f n{z c S t upply H Mother Of Pearl Company 

Joy Enterprises 45 r 



Moteng International,' Inc.' '. '. '. '. '. 35 Sheffield I ^makers Sply, Inc. . . 73 

9 Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Skiff Made Blades 72 



. 103 



K 

Kayne Custom Hardware, Inc.. . 74 

Kencrest/Hara 72 

Kershaw Knives ... 31 , 51 , 65, 1 13 

King, Kenneth 104 

Klotzli Burgdorf 69 

Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies. . . 84 

Knife Art.com 92 

Knife Center Of The Internet ... 93 

Knife Connection 94 

Knife Mart 54, 85 

Knifemakers Guild Show 63 

Knives Plus 95 

Koval Knives & Supplies . . 83, 1 1 1 

L 

Lansky Sharpeners 63 

Larkin Precision 57 

Leather Crafters & Saddlers ... 37 

Lightfoot Knives 48 

Lone Star Wholesale 92 

Lone Wolf Knives 62 

M 

Magnum USA 69 

Marzitelli Custom Knives 93 

Masecraft Supply 64 

Master Cutlery 36 

Masters Of Defense Knife Co. ... 3 

Matthews Cutlery 71 

McDonald, Rich 94 



Moulton, Dusty 75 

N 

National Knife Distributors 70 

NC Tool Company 70 

Nealy, Bud 62 

Nemesis Knives 37 

Newsletter 68 

Nordic Knives 112 

o 

Ontario Knife/Queen Cutlery . 7, 42 

Osborne, Warren 99 

Oso Grande Knife & Tool 104 

p 

Paragon Industries 90 

Paragon Sporting Goods 92 

Pardue, Joe 93 

PHR Systems 110 

Plaza Cutlery 69, 91 

Pro Cut 5 

Professional Knifemakers Assoc 
112 

R 

R& J Cutlery 104 

Rados, Jerry 71 

Randall King Knives 111 

Randall Made Knives 68 

Randy's Custom Knives 73 

Red Hill Corporation 97 

Reddick Enterprises 73 



SOG Specialty Knives, Inc 55 

St. Amour Murray 72 

Steel Addiction Custom Knives ... 37 

Strider Knives 53 

Szilaski, Joseph 99 

T 

Taylor Cutlery 41 

Texas Knifemakers Supply .... 70 
Tippmann Industrial Products . . 27 

Toolshop 73 

Topbrandknives.com 47 

Tops 68, 71 , 72, 74, 75 

Treestump Leather 71 

Tru-Grit 49 

Tru-Hone Corporation 69 

True North Knives 8 

Twin Blades 72 

u 

United Cutlery 15 

v 

Vagnino, Michael 74 

w 

Western Reserve Cutlery Assoc. . 45 
William Henry Knives 5 

x 

Xikar, Inc 14 

2thehilt.com 69 



The advertisers' index is provided as a reader service. Occasional last-minute changes may result in ads appearing on pages other than those listed here. 

The publisher assumes no liability for omissions or errors. 



JULY 2004 



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whatsnew git s n©w 



Ott Outfits Bowie 
With Stag Handle 



F 



red Ott fashions a stag-handle 
Ibowie, complete with a 1084 blade, 
nickel-silver fittings and a deer- 
skin-covered sheath. 

For more information contact Fred Ott, 
Dept. BL7, 1257 Rancho Durango Rd., 
Durango, CO 81303 970.375.9669. 




Puukko Showcases 
A Curly Birch Grip 

Kellam introduces the Wolver- 
ine puukko featuring a 3.7-inch 
.SPT (Scientifically Precision 
Tempered) blade and a curly birch handle. 
For more information contact Kellam, 
attn: H. Mars-Kellokoski, Dept. BL7, 
902 S. Dixie Hwy., Lantana, FL 33462 
561.588.3185. 




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CPM S30V Hunter 

Lone Wolf's Harsey Magnum Hunter 
features a CPM S30V blade, tita- 
nium liners and a Micarta® handle. 
For more information contact Lone 
Wolf, attn: D. Hutchens, Dept. BL7, 17400 
S.W Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Ste. 240, 
Portland, OR 97224 503.431.6777. 




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Is Satin Finished 

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finishes the 440C blade of a lock- 
ing-liner folder with an antique- 
ivory-Micarta® handle and titanium liners. 
For more information contact Charles 
Marlowe, Dept. BL7, 10822 Poppleton 
Ave., Omaha, NE 68144 402.991.7316. 




Neely Fileworks 
Guard And Spacer 

Greg Neely 's 11 -inch bowie sports 
a 5160 blade, a stag handle and a 
fileworked guard and spacer. 
For more information contact Greg 
Neely, Dept. BL7, 5419 Pine St., Bellaire, 
TX 77401 713.664.4864. 




RAT-7 Is Full-Tang 
1095 Fixed Blade 

Ontario's RAT-7 stretches 12 inches 
overall and dons a flat-ground 
1095 blade, a canvas-Micarta® 
handle and an extended pommel. 

For more information contact Ontario 
Knife Co., attn: B. Breton, Dept. BL7, 
POB 145, Franklinville, NY 14737 
800.222.5233. 




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w . _ new 

what s new 



Bowie Inlaid With 
Mother-Of-Pearl 

Jay Maines' Texas Bowie incorporates 
a 7-inch 440C blade and an ebony 
handle with mother-of-pearl inlay 
For more information contact Jay 
Maines, Dept. BL7, 5584 266th St., 
Wyoming, MN 55092 651.462.5301. 




Replaceable Blade 
Folder Weighs Less 

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folder — the Helium — has a feather- 
light handle and weighs 3 ounces. 
For more information contact Tiger- 
sharp, attn: C. Head, 1002 N. Central 
Expwy., Ste. 499, Richardson, TX 75080 
972.907.0716. 




Russell Releases 
VG-IO Penknife 

A.G. Russell unveils a .2-ounce 
penknife with a 1 1/2-inch VG-10 
blade and a titanium handle. 
For more information contact A.G. 
Russell Knives, attn: D. Myers, Dept. 
BL7, 1920 N. 26th St., Lowell, AR 72745 
800.255.9034 ag@agrussell.com. 




Fixed Blades Built 
With Natural Grips 

J.R. Vecera outfits a pair of tapered- 
tang damascus fixed blades with 
thuya burl and oosic handles. 
For more information contact J.R. 
Vecera, Dept. BL7, 2501 Davis, #8, Taylor, 
TX 76574 512.365.8627. 




Damasteel Defines 
Back Pack Knife 

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handle that define Buckx Gather- 
wood's Back Pack knife. 
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Coil Spring Opens 
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a black- or ivory-colored Zytel® 
bolster and a Dymondwood™ handle. 

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knifemaker showcase 



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Arpad Bojtos 



With chisels, hammers and files, and a belt grinder and drilling machine, Arpad 
Bojtos builds ornately carved knives. "Some 20 years ago, I found a pesh kabz in 
an Oriental antique shop," he says, "but it was too expensive for me, so I decided to 
make something similar. Since then, I've been making knives, at first part time, and 
since 1990, as a full-time job." The "Chameleon" (below, left) sports a carved ATS- 
34 blade and a carved 
moose-antler handle. 
Bojtos' list prices for 
similar knives range 
from $2,000-$10,000. 
His address: Dept. BL7, 
Dobsinskeho 10, 984 
03 Lucenec, Slova- 
kia +421.47.43.33.512 
bojtos@stonline.sk. 
(PointSeven photo) 





Jerry Duran 




As the silver anniversary of Jerry 
Duran's knifemaking career 
dawns, he expresses continued 
enjoyment of using new materi- 
als, and creating edged objects of | 
art. "I like using damascus, both 
my own and made by others," he notes, "and I 
prefer ATS-34 stainless for working fixed blades 
and folders. My knives have been sold all over 
the United States and in Europe." Because of their 
inherent natural beauty, Duran says he likes natu- 
ral handle materials, including stabilized woods, 
horn, stag and ivory. The two-blade ATS-34 trapper 
(right) features a stag handle. Duran's list price: 
$375. His address: Dept. BL7, POB 80692, Albu- 
querque, NM 87198 505.873.4676. (Goffe photo) 

80 / BLADE 



Corbin 
Newcomb 

Corbin Newcomb says he's 
amazed at the knifemaking 
information and supplies 
available today, unlike 
when he began practicing 
the stock-removal method 

of blade building in 1980 or '81. "There were no local 
makers' shops to visit, little printed information and supplies were limited," he 
notes. "The knives I made were Loveless-style drop-point hunters, straight hunt- 
ers or bowie-style blades. Now most of my knives are forged." The camp knife 
(above, right) sports a 1095 and 203E damascus blade and a lignum- vitae handle 
with cocobolo spacers. Newcomb 's list price for a similar piece: $450-$500. His 
address: Dept. BL7, 628 Woodland, Moberly, MO 65270 660.263.4639. 




Van Steck 



"I bought my first handmade 
knife from Randall Made Knives 
when I was 15 years old," Van 
Steck relates. "I bought two more 
Randalls over the years and I spent 
hours in the Randall Museum, 
amazed by the beautiful knives and 
swords on the wall and in display 
cases." Steck made several knives 
during breaks at work and says 
he became serious about building 
edged tools in 1999. He fashions 
titanium frame-lock folders, fillet 
knives, bowies, Asian swords and 
household cutlery. Steck practiced 
the stock-removal method of knife- 
making and now spends much of 
his time forging. "I believe it is 
easier to forge blades if you first 
have a stock-removal background. 
I like the challenges and rewards 
of making knives," he says. "It 
requires a lot of patience, but if it 
was easy, I'd lose interest." The tita- 
nium frame-lock folder (above, right, shown both opened and 
closed) sports a fileworked damascus blade and a skeletonized 
handle. Steck's list price: n/a. His address: Dept. BL7, 260 W. 
Dogwood Ave., Orange City, FL 32763 386.775.7303. 



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Todd Davison 




"Twenty-some years ago, I was vacationing in Mississippi when a 
guy showed me a few handmade knives. I ended my vacation early, 
went home, bought some equipment and started making knives," 
Todd Davison reports. "A lot of books, wasted steel and burnt hands 
later, my efforts started to look like knives." Davison bent the ears 
of more than a few knifemakers, asking them 
questions, including Bob Loveless, who he says 
patiently replied to all of his queries. The fixed 
blades (below) sport a vari- 
ety of natural handle materi- 
als and D-2 or ATS-34 blades 
heat treated by the maker. 
Davison's list prices: n/a. His 
address: Dept. BL7, 308 N. 
Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501 
620.664.4937. (Welch photo) 



Dean Bosworth 



In 1985, Dean Bosworth started re-handling fillet knives, 
using lignum-vitae, a hardwood native to Florida. "The 
knives were a hit with friends and fishermen," he says. 
He read David Boyes' Step-By-Step Knifemaking book and learned to make knives. 
Among other equipment, Bosworth uses a band saw powered by a bowling-pin- 
setting machine motor. "I enjoy freehand grinding, hand-rubbed blade finishes 
and filework," he notes. The 440C fixed blade (above, shown both sheathed and 
unsheathed) features a fileworked spine, a rosewood-burl handle and ivory-Micarta® 
inlay scrimshawed by Diane Hecht. Bosworth 's list price: $850. His address: Dept. 
BL7, 329 Mahogany Dr., Key Largo, FL 33037 305.451.1564. (PointSeven photo) 

JULY 2004 





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^jffuestion & 



question St answer 




By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 



Hour to Forge 
From a Wheelchair 

The author experiments in forging from the sitting position 



1: I've been using the stock-removal 
technique to shape my blades. I'm 
interested in forging some blades 
employing wire rope. Would the one- 
brick forge using MAPP gas for fuel 
suffice? I'm in a wheelchair and can 
swing a three-pound hammer safely. 
Do you know of any bladesmiths who 
work from a wheelchair who can give 
me any tips on how to proceed? I would 
like to attend some of the seminars and 
hammer-ins at the Bill Moran School of 
Bladesmithing in Washington, Arkansas, 
sometime in the future. Do you know 
if the school is wheelchair accessible? 
(Scott Brown, Oakley, Illinois) 

MAPP gas can create temperatures up to 
5,000°F, so it certainly would have suffi- 
cient heat to make a forge weld. However, 
the temperature range (not more than 
3,000°F) of the soft fire bricks suitable for 
a one -brick forge wouldn't handle the high 
temperature of MAPP gas. The effect of the 
anhydrous borax used as flux for welding 
would speed the high-temperature attack 
on the bricks and rapidly destroy them. 

Many other bladesmiths and I work 
with homemade gas forges that use either 
a castable refractory or a ceramic insu- 
lating blanket for insulation. Such forges 
will handle the temperatures created with 
propane or natural gas. Plans for gas forges 
can be found on the Internet. I have little 
experience with commercial forges and 
therefore cannot recommend a specific 
one. 

I don't know of any bladesmiths who 
forge from a wheelchair but it is possible 

82 / BLADE 



as far as I'm concerned. Smiths from many 
parts of the world forge while sitting on 
the ground. Standing at the anvil seems 
to be the tradition of the Europeans and, I 



suppose, American smiths never consid- 
ered doing it any other way. (I wonder if it's 
because the climate in parts of Europe and 
North America made it too cold to sit on 




Illustration No. 1: Next to the Image of the granite anvil are the dimensions for the 
heights of the anvil (25 Inches) and the chair or stool (21 Inches) for a person to forge 
from while sitting. (Goddard Illustration) 

JULY 2004 



the ground?) From the pictures and videos 
I've seen of sitting smiths, it appears that 
the anvil isn't more than 8-12 inches above 
ground level. 

My knifemaker friend, Richard Veatch, 
has some pretty severe back and neck prob- 
lems. He forges while sitting on a short 
stool. His anvil is a tombstone rescued from 
the scrap pile at a monument company. The 
height of the anvil is about 3 inches higher 
than his stool. 

In order to try forging from the sitting 
position, I mounted my granite (tombstone) 
anvil with the bottom directly at ground 
level, plus the thickness of a piece of 3/4- 
inch plywood. I chose the granite anvil 
because it appeared to be close to the 
correct height for forging from a chair. 
Richard and I got our granite anvils free for 
hauling them away from a local monument 
business. 

The above-ground-type monuments 
are obsolete for burials but work great for 
makeshift anvils. Mine is about 150 pounds 
and is hard as a rock, a necessary attribute 
for an anvil. The face of the anvil is 25 
inches from the ground. My seat is 21 
inches from the ground and that worked 
out just fine. (See Illustration No. 1 on the 
facing page.) Not only was the granite anvil 
the right height but, being narrower than 
the average anvil base, it allowed me to get 
up close to it. My left leg was stretched 
out beside the anvil, right leg bent slightly. 
Getting close enough to the anvil might 
be a problem with a wheelchair unless the 
footrests are out of the way. Some experi- 
menting will be necessary to get the anvil 
and seat the right height and in a suitable 
position. 

The hammer needs to hit level with the 
anvil face. If the anvil is too low, the toe 
of the hammer will dig into the hot steel. 
When too high, the heel of the hammer 
will hit first. The Japanese-style forging 
hammers have a long head with the handle 
installed at an angle. This gets the hammer 
face at the proper height to hit parallel with 
the anvil face from the sitting position. 

I set up the one-brick forge close behind 
the granite anvil, got a piece of steel hot 
and proceeded to forge a knife. Consider- 
ing the top of the anvil isn't exactly flat, I 
did pretty well shaping the blade. However, 
proving the method of forging while seated 
was the purpose, not making a pretty and 
perfectly forged blade. (See Illustration No. 
2 on page 85.) 

I didn't seem to lose much, if any, power 
with my 3 3/4-pound hammer when swing- 
ing it from the sitting position. The only 
real problem I had was hot scale settling 
on my right leg, which wouldn't happen 
if I were standing. A leather apron would 
be good protection against the heat of hot 
scale. 

I noticed that the heat in the blade was 
retained longer when it was forged on the 
granite anvil. This was the result of the 



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granite heating up at the area under the hot 
blade. A steel anvil face is evidently more 
efficient at conducting the heat away from 
the surface under the blade being forged. 
I'm definitely going to do more forging on 
the granite anvil. It's very solid and quiet 
compared to the quietest metal anvil I've 
used. 

Like most aspects of bladesmithing/ 
knifemaking, it comes down to problem 
solving. The hardest part of the most 
challenging knife I ever made was deciding 
to make it. After that it was solving 
problems as they arose and never giving 
up. 

Contact Scotty Hayes, director of the 
Moran School of Bladesmithing, about the 
school's wheelchair accessibility. He can 
be reached at Texarkana College, 2500 N. 
Robison Rd., Dept. BL7, Texarkana, TX 
75599 903.838.4541, ext. 237. 

2: Can I use Norton oilstones without 
adding oil or kerosene, and thus not 
damage the stones and/or their ability to 
provide a superb edge? Why do many say 
that once oil is used on a stone, always 
use oil with that stone? What are your 
thoughts concerning using no lubricants 
in the sharpening process? (Dana Pyle, 
Kennewick, Washington) 

The Norton India (aluminum oxide) and 
Crystalon (silicon carbide) stones are 
designed for use with a lubricant. They're 
the stones I prefer. They're of the highest 
quality, consistent in cutting ability and 
ultimately dependable. When the stones are 
used dry, their pores become plugged with 
metal particles and the aggressive cutting 
action is lost. 

Once a stone is used with oil, it will 
work best if oil (or kerosene) is used with 
that stone from that point forward. The 
lubricant keeps the stone clean and free 
cutting. Kerosene works the best of any 
lubricant I've tried, and I think I've tried 
them all. The stone will remove more metal 
if you use kerosene instead of oil. 

Some stones are made to be used dry. 
I don't like the soft dry-use stones because 
they won't stay flat and they wear out 
quickly. It's not that they can't be used 
efficiently for sharpening, it's just that they 
don't fit in with the way I do things. 

I think of my sharpening stone as an 
all-around sharpener. I might sharpen a 
chisel one day, a plane iron the next. I want 
a stone that retains its shape and the Norton 
fine India gives me that. 

All About Sharpening Stones 

The following information may help you 



84 / BLADE 



JULY 2004 




Illustration No. 2: This Is the "somewhat ugly blade," as the author puts It, which he 
forged on the granite anvil. (Goddard Illustration) 



understand sharpening stones, and how and 
why they work. 

Sharpening stones are manufactured 
with four or more different characteristics 
built into them. The most common char- 
acteristics are the type of grit, size of the 
individual grit particles, the hardness of the 
bonding agent that holds the grit particles 
together, and porosity. 

First is the type of grit. The grit particles 
may be aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, 
natural stone such as novaculite (Arkansas 
stones), natural sandstone, diamond, or a 
combination of grit particles such as alumi- 
num oxide mixed with a small amount 
of silicon carbide. The Norton Crystalon 
stones are 100 percent silicon carbide. Sili- 
con carbide is some of the hardest material 
known, and will work down the hardest and 
most abrasive-resistant steel. 

Second, the size of the grit determines 
the cutting action of the stone. Large grit 
removes material faster than small grit. Fine 
grit produces a very sharp edge; coarse grit 
creates more of a saw-type effect. 

Third is the type of bond — soft, 
medium, hard or something in-between. 
The bond is the substance that holds the grit 
particles together. It may be ceramic, resin, 
rubber or another bonding agent. The type 
of bond determines how quick the stone 
breaks down. In theory, as a grit particle 



becomes dull, it should pull out, exposing a 
new, sharp particle. If the bond is too hard, 
the stone soon becomes glazed in appear- 
ance and no longer works efficiently to 
remove metal from the knife blade. If the 
bond is too soft, the stone will wear out 
quickly. However, in some applications, 
such as in the stones used for polishing 
dies, a soft bond is desirable in order to get 
the work done quickly and efficiently. 

Fourth is porosity. Stones are designed 
and made with gaps between the grit parti- 
cles. This allows a chip to be formed by 
each sharp grit as it contacts the blade. If 
there were no spaces between the grit parti- 
cles, there would be little cutting action. 

It's a wonderful thing when all the vari- 
ables in a stone are just right. I recommend 
the stones that I use because they work the 
best for the way I do things. (Editor's note: 
For more on the latest sharpeners, see the 
story on page 50.) 

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Smiths from many parts of the world forge while sitting on the ground. An example Is 
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One of the things that makes handmade knives so 
appealing is the many variations a maker can provide 
on a theme. The distinctions may be subtle— a smat- 
tering of engraving here, a different handle material 
there— or more dramatic— contrasting blade shapes or 
carvings to differentiate one model from another, for 
instance. Whatever the variation, each seems to attract 
its own audience. Of the knives on this and the facing 
page, which variation(s) do you find most attractive? 




Anders Hogstrom 
fashions a pair of fine 
fixed blades, both with 
black-ash-burl handles, 
sterling-silver fit- 
tings and 1050 blades. 
Hogstrom 's address: 
Granvagen #2, Dept. BL7, 
13552 Tyreso, Sweden 
011.46.8798.5802. (Point- 
Seven photo) 




Larry Fuegen builds three 
push daggers, all with 
carved-damascus blades 
and integral guards, but f 
differing in shape and 
handle materials. The 
grips are mother-of- 
pearl, buffalo horn and 
fossil ivory. Fuegen' s 
address: 617 N. 
Coulter dr., 
Dept. BL7, 
Prescott, AZ 
86303 
928.776. 
8777. 
(Point- 
Seven 
photo) 



A trio of Mike O'Brien dag- 
gers employs 440C blades, 
416 stainless steel fittings 
and rosewood or desert- 
iron wood handles, but the 
similarities stop there. 
O'Brien's 

address: 3807 War 
Bow, Dept. BL7, 
San Antonio, TX 
78238 210.256. V 
0673. 

(PointSeven 
photo) 




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JULY 2004 



(Right) Though both Charles Sauer drop-point 
hunters have damascus blades and bolsters, the 
damascus patterns are dramatically different, as 
are the legal-elephant-ivory and mammoth-bark- 
ivory handles. Sauer 's address: 1079-1/2 Hodg- 
son Rd., Dept. BL7, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 
406.257.9310. (PointSeven photo) 

(Below) Only one of Ed Baumgardner's stag-han- 
dle 154CM fixed blades features scrimshaw by 
Richard Hutchings and guard engraving by Mike 
Branham. Baumgardner's address: 128 E. Main 
St., Dept. BL7, Glendale, KY 42740 502.435.2675. 
(PointSeven photo) 





(Bottom, left) Lloyd Pendleton's pair of 
upswept fixed blades showcases fully 
engraved blades, and ivory and bone 
handles. Pendleton's address: 24581 
Shake Ridge Rd., Dept. BL7, Volcano, CA 
95689 209.296.3353. (PointSeven photo) 

(Below) Though all three knives are 
made by S.R. Johnson, the two at left are 
in the style of Bob Loveless. All three 
sport ATS-34 blades and natural handle 
materials. The grips are, from left, bark 
cape buffalo horn, iron wood and snake- 
wood. Johnson's address: 202 E. 200 N, 
Dept. BL7, Manti, UT 84642 435.835.7941. 
(PointSeven photo) 




BLADE / 87 





more than euer, the 
BLRD8 Show is Hie 
barometer by which 
the knife industry 
is measured 

By Joe Kertzman 



One of the beauties of the BLADE Show 
is that attendees can purchase knife- 
making supplies, handmade, antique 
or production knives and everything 
in-between. Universal Agencies, a knife- 
making supply company, sells materials 
at the show. (Top, left) Sudesh Chopra (at 
right in the photo) of Universal Agencies 
shows Kazuo Okayasu, a knife entrepre- 
neur, the latest in stag. Universal Agen- 
cies also sells Thunderforged damascus, 
as employed by Marvin Solomon on his 
fixed blade (middle, left), complete with 
nickel-silver bolsters and a reconstituted 
lapis-lazuli handle. Such exotic handle 
materials as colored G-10 (left) are avail- 
able, like the pieces maker Darrel Ralph 
gives a "groovy" look and uses for his 
AXD knife model. (Ward knife photo) 





Larry Brahms of BladeArt.com, an online dealer of handmade knives, swords and 
related Items, recalls a chance meeting he had at the BLADE Show with his knife- 
making hero, Don Fogg, who's seated at center in the photo. Other knifemakers 
gathered around Fogg include Dickie Robinson, standing directly behind Fogg; 
Larry Fuegen, to Fogg's right; Rick Dunkerley, seated at bottom left; Rick Eaton, 
seated at bottom right; and Wade Colter, standing at top right. 



It's not just the largest gathering of knife- 
makers, importers, manufacturers, deal- 
ers, collectors and knife enthusiasts in 
the world. No, the BLADE Show is some- 
thing more, something intangible. It's dif- 
ficult to lay your finger on what makes it 
bigger than life, but like many world events, 
it starts with people and grows from there. 

"This is the only industry in the world, 
and the BLADE Show is the only place in 
the world, where you can have a knifemak- 
ing legend standing next to a newcomer, 
and have one ask the other, 'Do you want 
to see my knife?'" says Larry Brahms of 
BladeArt.com. 

A dealer of handmade knives, swords 
and related items, Brahms says, "The 
BLADE Show is the only place where you 
can see the old, the new, what was and what 
will be, all at the same time. It's all there in 
cooperative spirit." 

Brahms remembers a not-so-spirited 
meeting he had at the BLADE Show with 
one of his personal knifemaking heroes. 
"My biggest thrill happened two years 
ago," he recalls. "This guy walks over to my 
booth and says, 'Hi. I'm Don Fogg.' I just 
stood there like a complete idiot. He said, 
'I just wanted to meet you.' Then, he shook 
my hand and walked away. I never said any- 
thing. To me, Don Fogg is to knifemaking 
what Bill Moran is to everyone else in the 
industry." 

It's that kind of personal contact that 
makes the BLADE Show special, and few 



people are immune to the impression left 
on them after meeting a knifemaking 
legend. 

"At the BLADE Show, you 
see a congregation of the 
heavyweights in the indus- 
try," Matt Conable of 
William Henry Knives 
says. "As a novice 



knifemaker, I was in awe over Frank Cen- 
tofante's knives, or those by Ron Lake, D' 
Holder, Tim Herman, Bill Pease and others. 
To me, these are the old-school guys, and 
to some extent they still set the knifemak- 
ing standards. To be at the BLADE Show 
and have one or two of those makers take 
time to compliment me and the work I do 
makes me feel as though I've emerged as 
somewhat of a peer to them." 

The fact that William Henry Knives 
has taken home several BLADE Magazine 
Knife Of The Year Awards® over the last 
five years is what Conable credits for his 
acceptance as an equal among his knife- 
making heroes. "Certainly, the first time I 
won an award, I couldn't help but feel the 
excitement of being accepted at that level 
in the industry, and to have so many people 
share in the moment was incredible. 

"To experience that euphoric moment 
and then go down to 'The Pit' afterward 
and have people buy me drink after drink 
to celebrate the award, I felt like, 'Wow, I'm 
a member of the club now,'" Conable says. 
"The awards are very powerful for that." 

"The Pit," as Conable and most BLADE 
Show exhibitors and attendees refer to it, is 
the sunken bar area in the Renaissance Wa- 
verly Hotel adjacent to the show hall. It has 
become a gathering place 
for knifemakers, collec- 
tors, dealers and other 
k industry professionals. 

It's "The 
Not the Pits 

"I've probably done 
more knife deals in 
The Pit than I have 
at the show," says 
maker Barry Galla- 
gher. "There are a lot 




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"The Pit allows everyone to let their 
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says Ric Chopra of Universal Agencies, a 
knifemaking supplies company. "All the big 



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The show hall and Pit aren't the only 
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Chopra says. "There are collectors who wait 
in the hotel lobby for knifemakers to check 
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thing you have in your briefcase right now'" 

Though Chopra's scenario is an exception 
to the rule, the BLADE Show is a boon for 
most parties involved. Columbia River Knife 
& Tool (CRKT) recently debuted the Mon- 
tana Gentleman, a dressy locking-liner folder 
designed by Gallagher — a reproduction of his 
handmade Hummingbird model, complete 
with a wing-like 6061-T6 aluminum handle. 

"CRKT will promote the knife at the 
BLADE Show, so this has been important 
for me," Gallagher notes. "The show is 
a good place for knife companies to see 
what's going on in the handmade knife in- 
dustry. I met Rod Bremer [of CRKT] at the 
first BLADE Show I attended, and we've 
been friends ever since. Years later, Rod 
said, 'Hey, I've been keeping up on your 
career, and I'm interested in your designs.' 
That all started at the BLADE Show." 



"When I'm at 

the BLADE Show, 

I think, 'This is 

the room where 

I belong. 5 " 
— Matt Conable 



"What's real important to BladeArt, 
with respect to factory knives, is collabo- 
rations," Brahms says. "I pay attention to 
how the custom boys are progressing in the 
industry and what kind of licensing deals 
and collaborations they're landing with the 
knife companies. 

"From a dealer's point of view, the 
BLADE Show is nirvana. It's the biggest 
shopping mart in the world," Brahms says. 
"For a knife collector or user, it's the Toys 
'R Us for adults." 

International knifemakers are another 
draw for the world's largest knife show. "It's 
important for me to see the work of the in- 
ternational knifemakers," Gallagher stress- 
es. "In the United States, we tend to think 
we are the knife industry, and we're not. We 
don't get to see the work of Jurgen Steinau, 
Connie Persson or Roger Bergh everyday, 
and it's culturally enlightening." 

"Culturally enlightening" might be a 
good way to describe a knife that Gallagher 
and fellow maker Rick Dunkerley fashioned 
to take to the BLADE Show one year. "Rick 
and I spent a couple days working on a joke 



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knife," Gallagher recalls. "Shane Taylor had 
given me a junk blade, so we made the ugli- 
est knife you can imagine, wrapping it with 
electrical wire and tape. It had fur hanging 
off of it, a Pakkawood™ handle, a square 
thumb peg and a clip off a dog chain for a 
thong." 

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"We glued a dime on it with purple glue 
and called it the 'Shane Taylor Presidential 
Commemorative Knife,'" he jokes. "Virgil 
England must have brought 10 or 20 people 
over to the table to show them the 'coolest 
knife in the room.' After a while, I had to 
agree with him." 

Conable has a story of his own. "Natalie 
Cyhan is a friend of David Boeckel, CEO of 
Chesapeake Knife & Tool. She used to man- 
age one of his stores, and she often comes 
to the BLADE Show and helps out at our 
booth, just for the pleasure of our company, 
if you can believe that," Conable remarks. 
"I think we get the better end of that deal. 

"Anyway, she's nice to have along, and 
she'll do hilarious stuff. She'll wear a candy 
necklace and hold it out to customers and 
ask, 'Hey, do you want a piece of candy?' 
It's amazing to watch these normally well- 
spoken men turn into incoherent, blubber- 
ing idiots, and it's great entertainment value 
for us. The camaraderie at the BLADE 
Show allows you to do that." 

Not all is fun and games, though. "A lot 
of companies tailor their coolest stuff for 
the BLADE Show," Conable says. "Even 
though the SHOT Show is bigger, the 
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"If I had my druthers, it's the only 
show I'd do," Conable admits. "When I'm 
at the BLADE Show, I think, 'This is the 
room where I belong.' Despite all of our 
divergent approaches to making knives, we 
share something at the BLADE Show, and 
we share it with the customers." 

As a knife dealer, Brahms says his pur- 
pose at the show is to identify trends in 
knives, buy knifemaking materials to resell 
later via his Website, and to meet new cus- 
tomers. "It's not so much to sell knives," 
he admits. "If you had $500-$600 in your 
pocket and you were at the BLADE Show, 
you'd want to meet the maker whose knife 
you're buying and shake his hand." 



"For a knife 

collector or user, 

the BLADE Show 

is the Toys 'R Us 

for adults." 
— Larry Brahms 



Conversely, suppliers attend the BLADE 
Show to show off and sell their knifemak- 
ing materials. "First of all, the sheer volume 
of customers who walk in the door at the 
BLADE Show with the intention of buying 
is unequaled," Chopra says. "It gives us a 
chance to circulate samples to new and ex- 
isting customers, predominantly new mate- 
rials that we debut at the show. 

"When the BLADE Show doors open, 
people hustle over to our booth and ask what's 
new. We have to have a half-dozen products 
to unveil at the show," he stresses. "Folks 
who build knife prototypes with new mate- 
rials or do short production runs of knives 
want something that's not run of the mill. 
The beauty of this is, if they have trouble 
envisioning how our Thunderforged damas- 
cus will look on a knife, we know handmade 
knifemakers at the show who have knives on 
hand they built with our materials." 

Brahms has a favorite anecdote to share. 
"My absolute favorite story concerns Fred 
Perrin, a French knifemaker and martial 
artist," he begins. "I'd been working with 
Fred a couple years, selling just a ton of 
his La Griffe neck knives, but I'd never met 
him. He came to my BLADE Show booth 
and introduced himself, so I said, 'Let's go 
to the loading dock and talk.'" 

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applications. He was wearing this unas- 
suming baseball hat and I said, "You're a 
martial artist, but I don't see any knives on 
you. Why not?'" Brahms relates. "So, Fred 
pulled one knife out of his sleeve and an- 
other out of his other sleeve, a third one out 
of his pocket and another from a different 
pocket. Fred said to me, 'Pretend you live 
someplace where the police don't like peo- 
ple carrying knives. You're walking down 
the street and you see someone approach- 
ing who's up to no good.' Then, Fred grabs 
his baseball hat and he throws it at the load- 
ing dock wall. It slams into the wall with a 
thwack!, it sticks and it takes a big chunk 
out of the wall. He had this sharpened steel 
in the brim of his hat!" 

Brahms recounts a second BLADE 
Show incident. "A couple years ago, John 
W. Smith made some beautiful knives with 
colored carbon-fiber handles. I bumped into 
him at last year's BLADE Show and asked 
him if he'd show me where he had bought 
the carbon fiber," Brahms says. "He was 
busy but came back to the booth later and 
I wasn't there. [A co-worker] Ida [Stripling] 
was working. So, John took Ida shopping for 
carbon fiber. She got back and said, 'Some 
really nice guy took me shopping for handle 
material just like the stuff John W. Smith 
had.' I said, 'Ida, that was John W. Smith.'" 

"You see a lot of old faces at the BLADE 
Show who you count on seeing there every 
year. It's the only place I see some of them," 
Gallagher says. "I'm in the middle of my 
career and I'm still trying to progress all the 
time. I have to determine what's next and 
the BLADE Show is like a tuning fork. It's a 
good meter of the knife industry from year 
to year." 

Brahms says this is Blade Art's third 
year as a BLADE Show sponsor and that 
it's, "probably the best thing we ever did!" 
He adds, "It gives us pride to be associated 
with a show that means so much to so many 
people. It's as if the BLADE Show is the 
only event of the year and everything else 
comes after it. 

"The energy on the floor sets the 
BLADE Show apart," he determines, "es- 
pecially when the doors first open. It's elec- 
tric. People are running around with their 
eyes wide open. They're looking and touch- 
ing, and it gives me more energy than any 
other knife show." 

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I was surprised that it had an 
ivory handle. The knives I get for testing 
usually have wood or Micarta® grips. Ivory 
gives knives a totally different feel, not to 




mention a very clean look. 

On the other hand, ivory is a living 
handle material, as it will swell, expand or 
check with the amount of moisture in the 
air. Even so, ivory still can be used on a 
working knife; you just have to keep it waxed 
or oiled. Your working knife 
can look great with a little 
extra care. 

Wingin' It 

Gillespie's knife has what I 
call a bird-wing handle and 
is very comfortable to use. 
Bruce uses black spacer 
material to outline the ivory 



Gillespie's knife introduced half -inch man i la rope to 
crunch time in short order. 




The D-2 blade made it very easy to control the depth of 
the cut for skiving leather. 

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The fine-edge demands of paper cutting were 
no problem. 



and for contrast. It also serves as a cushion 
between the hard steel frame and the ivory 
slabs. 

The brass bolsters are "45 degreed" 
to lock in the handle material, and there's 
a brass thong hole in the butt. An extra 
Micarta pin gives the handle assembly more 
security, though I would omit it to keep the 
ivory clean for scrimshaw or some type of 
carving (just a personal preference). Instead 
of the usual thumb ramp found on working 
knives, Bruce uses a softer filework pattern 
to keep your thumb steady. 

Tough Steel 

I was looking forward to cutting with the 
knife because it's been awhile since I've 
used the D-2 tool steel Gillespie employs 
for the blade. I started with the fine work 
of slicing paper. The field knife performed 
the job well but the cut 
channel began to wedge 
out, so I gave the edge 
a closer look and found 
that it was a bit steep 
to get clean cuts in 
the paper. However, it 
was nothing that a few 
minutes on a diamond 
stone couldn't fix. With 
the edge reshaped, the 
field knife made super 
clean cuts in the paper. 
Next, I skived some 
leather. The D-2 blade 
aggressively bit into 
the leather and made 
it very easy to control 
the depth of the cut. 
From there I went on to 
four-walled cardboard 



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and cut a number of strips. 
The blade made the cuts 
with ease and the micro 
serrations on the edge bit 
cleanly. D-2 is known for its 
edge holding and aggressive 
cutting ability; it's just tough 
steel. 

Crunch Time 

From there I proceeded to 

shred half-inch manila rope. 

I couldn't help but grin 

after every crunching cut. 

There's something about 

the crunch-crunch sound 

that makes you want to keep 

cutting. Gillespie's field 

knife kept me smiling for 

38 crunching cuts. I found 

a sharp edge by the finger 

guard after six cuts but a 

trip to the Kraton® wheel at my workbench 

took care of it, and I continued with the rest 

of the crunching. 




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Gillespie's field 

knife kept me 

smiling for 38 

crunching cuts. 

— the author 



Finally, I scoured my shop for some 
wood to do some whittling and came across 
a leftover decking board. It was weathered 
and dried out, so I had to put a glove on 
my holding hand to keep from getting 
splinters. The fancy field knife made curly- 
cues just like an old hand planer would. I 
experienced no hot spots on my hand and 
my buddy Gary had to remind me that I 
didn't have time to play around. It was fun 
whittling with the knife and it looked good 
while doing it. 

Recommendations 

I would like the handle to be a little bit 
longer for a better feel. The extra length 



SPEC CHART 



Model Fancy field knife 

Maker Bruce Gillespie 

Blade Length 3.5" 

Steel D-2 

Grind Hollow 

Handle Ivory 

Bolsters Brass 

Extras Filework on blade spine 

Overall Length 7" 

Sheath 6-8-oz. tooled leather in a 

basketweave pattern 

Maker's List Price $190 



The fancy field knife made wood curly-cues just like an old 
hand planer would. 



would fill up your hand and provide a fuller 
grip- 
Final Grade 

Gillespie's knife is a very nice little package. 
It exhibits classic style with a rich look 
and performs to boot. The basketweave 
pattern on the sheath adds to the overall 
appearance. 



For more information contact Gillespie 
Knives, attn: B. Gillespie, Dept. BL7, 163 
Crystal Lake Rd., West Union, WV 26456 
304.873.3171 www.gillespieknives. com. 

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show calenda 



calendar 



Note: Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have knives as the main focus. Events marked with two asterisks 
(**) are knifemaking instructionals/ seminars, knife-throwing competitions, auctions, or other similar events. 
BLADE'S® "Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE'S Web site at www.blademag.com. 



MAY 



May 1-2 Washington, AR Spring ABS 
Hammer-In, Bill Moran School of 
Bladesmithing. Contact Scotty Hayes 
903.838.4541 ext. 237.** 

May 1-2 Odessa, TX West Texas Clinic 
of Knifemaking (bench grinding), 4308 
N. Robin Ave., Odessa. Contact Weldon 
Whitley 432.530.0448 or Loyd McConnell 
432.363.8344.** 

May 8-9 Dallas, TX Great Western 
Show, Fair Park. Contact Adele Seger 
5 12.996.8900 info@greatwesternshow.com 
or www.greatwesternshow.com. 

May 15-16 Stamford, CT NCCA Knife 
Show, Sheraton Hotel, 1-95 North Exit 8. 
Contact Caroline Levine 978.454.5027.* 

May 22-23 Dover, OH 16th Annual 
Western Reserve Cutlery Association 
Invitational Knife Expo, Tuscarawas 
County Fairgrounds. Contact WRCA, Dept. 
BL7, POB 355, Dover, OH 44622 or call D. 
Musgrave 330.745.4242 dmusgrav@neo. 
rr.com http://wrca-oh.com.* 

May 29-30 Melbourne, Australia 

The Australian Knifemakers Guild 
Show, International Hotel Ibis. Contact 
Shawn Mclntyre 61 0412 0410 62 
macpower@netspace.net.au.* 



JUNE 



June 4-6 Atlanta, GA 23rd Annual BLADE 
Show & International Cutlery Fair, Cobb 
Galleria Centre, 1-285 & US 41, one exit 
off 1-75 across from the Cumberland Mall, 
adjacent to the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 
The world's largest combined show of 
handmade, antique & factory knives. Over 
570 tables and 90 factory booths. Join the 
world's greatest national and international 
knifemakers, cutlery manufacturers, 
collectors, collections and knife lovers. Site 
of the Blade Magazine 2004 Knife-Of-The- 
Year Awards® for factory knives, points 
for the 2004 BLADEhandmade™ Awards, 
Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® 
induction & much more. Site of the annual 
ABS meeting and special Knifemakers' 
Guild section. Seminars include ABS 



World Championship Cutting Competition 
and forging demos, how to collect, how 
to make, the latest materials, etc. Contact 
BLADE®, c/o Krause Publications, 700 
E. State, Iola, WI 54945 715.445.2214 
blademagazine@krause.com.* 

June 10-12 Pigeon Forge, TN Parkers' 
Greatest Knife Show on Earth #27, Grand 
Hotel Convention Center. Contact Buzz 
Parker, Dept. BL7, Heritage Business 
Court, POB 23522, Chattanooga, TN 37422 
423.892.0448.* 

June 18-19 Noblesville, IN Indiana Knife 
Collectors 16 m Annual Knife Festival., 



Hamilton County Fairgrounds. 
765.642.6313 bomi@famvid.com.* 



Call 



June 18-20 Mannville, Alberta, Canada 

Northwest Canadian Knifemakers 
Symposium '04, farm shop of Ed Storch. 
Contact Ed Storch, Dept. BL7, RR4, 
Mannville, Alberta, Canada TOB 2W0 
780.763.2214.** 

June 19-20 Kauhava, Finland 6 th 

Annual International Puukko Festival. Call 
358.6434.1968 (Finland) or 218.538.6633 
(USA) www.kauhava.fi/puukkofestivalit. * 

June 25-27 Springfield, MO NKCA 

Springfield Knife Show, Ozark Empire 
Fairgrounds. Contact NKCA, attn: 
L. Broyles, Dept. BL7, POB 21070, 
Chattanooga, TN 423.892.5007.* 



JULY 



July 30-31-Aug. 1 Orlando, FL The 
Knifemakers' Guild Show, Marriott's 
Orlando World Center. Contact Al Pendray, 
Dept. BL7, 13950 NE 20th, Williston, FL 
32696 352.528.6124.* 

July 30-31-Aug. 1 Missoula, MT Montana 
Knifemakers Association Show, Holiday 
Inn Parkside. Contact Darlene Weinand 
406.543.0845.* 



AUGUST 



Aug. 6-8 Lexington, KY Central Kentucky 
Knife Club Show, Continental Inn. Contact 
Joe Litton 502.863.1840 litton711@aol. 



Aug. 6-8 Austin, TX Central Texas Knife 
Show, Holiday Inn South Woodward. 
Contact Chris Carlson, Dept. BL7, 
108 Johnson Cove, Hutto, TX 78634 
512.759.5111.* 

Aug. 20-21 Winston-Salem, NC 29 th 
Annual Tar Heel Cutlery Club Show, Elks 
Club. Contact George Manuel, Dept. BL7, 
3682 Bowens Rd., Tobaccoville, NC 27050 
336.924.6876.* 

Aug. 20-22 Denver, CO P.K.A. 12 th Annual 
Denver Custom Knife Show, Holiday Inn- 
DIA. Contact Craig Camerer 618.778.5704 
craiggpf@dtnspeed.net. * 

Aug. 21-22 Palo Alto, CA 25 th Annual 
BAKCA Knife Show, Hyatt Ricky's, 
Camino Ballroom. Contact Jeff Pelz, 
Dept. BL7, POB 2787, Dublin, CA 94568 
5 10.797.6247 or 925.829.3036 wwwbakca. 
org.* 

Aug. 28-29 Palo Alto, C A 25 th Annual Bay 
Area Knife Collectors Association Knife 
Show, Hyatt Ricky's. Contact Jeff Pelz, 
B.A.K.C.A., POB 2787, Dublin, CA 94568 
510.797.6247 or 925.829.3036 wwwbakca. 
org.* 



SEPTEMBER 



Sept. 10-12 Arlington Heights, IL 

Chicago Custom Knife Show, Sheraton 
Chicago Northwest Hotel. Contact Ed 
Wormser 847.757.9926 fax 847.564.1277 
edwll@aol.com.* 

Sept. 17-19 Ontario, CA BLADE Show 
West, Ontario Convention Center. Site of 
the 2004 BLADEhandmade™ Awards, 
best in handmade, factory, antique and 
military knives, knife collections, seminars 
and much more. Contact BLADE Show 
West, 700 E. State, Iola, WI 54990-0001 
877.746.9757, Mary Lutz, ext. 313, fax 
715.445.4087 lutzm@krause.com.* 

Sept. 17-19 Grapevine, TX Knives 
Illustrated Spirit of Steel Show, Hilton 
DFW Lakes Conference Center. Call Bruce 
Voyles 423.238.6753.* 

Sept. 17-19 Oak Lawn, IL AECA 25th 
Annual Show, Oak Lawn Community 



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Pavilion. Call Louie 800.785.9830 or Ernie 
219.844.1911.* 

Sept. 24-26 Louisville, KY NKCA 

Louisville Fall Knife Show, Holiday Inn 
South. Contact NKCA, attn: L. Broyles, 
Dept. BL7, POB 21070, Chattanooga, TN 
423.892.5007.* 



OCTOBER 



Oct. 2 Tampa, FL Florida Knifemakers' 
Association Custom Knife Show, Holiday 
Inn City Centre. Contact Dan Piergallini 
813.754.3908 coolnifedad@earthlink. 

net and/or Don Vogt 813.973.3245 
vogtknives@aol.com.* 

Oct. 8-9 Edgerton, WI Northern Lakes 
Knife Co. Knife Show, Tri-County 
Community Center. Contact Bob Schrap, 
Dept. BL7, 7024 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, 
WI 53213 414.771.6472 fax 414.479.9765 
rschrap@aol.com.* 

Oct. 8-9 Columbus, OH The Columbus 
Greater Ohio Valley Knife Show '04, 
Aladdin Shriner's Complex at Easton 
Town Center. Contact Koval Knives, attn: 
Mick or Judy Koval, Dept. BL7, POB 492, 
New Albany, OH 43054 614.855.0777 fax 
614.855.0945.* 

Oct. 9 Huntington Beach, CA Plaza 
Cutlery Custom Knife Show, Huntington 
Beach Hilton. Contact Plaza Cutlery, South 
Coast Plaza, attn: D. Delavan, Dept. BL7, 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.549.3932 www. 
plazacutlery com. * 

Oct. 22-24 Wilmington, OH NKCA Ohio 
Fall Knife Show, Roberts Convention 
Centre, exit 50 off 1-71. Contact NKCA, 
attn: L. Broyles, Dept. BL7, POB 21070, 
Chattanooga, TN 423.892.5007.* 



NOVEMBER 



Nov. 6-7 Mt. Vernon, IL Mt. Vernon Knife 
Show, Roland Lewis Community Building, 
Mt. Vernon Veterans Park. Contact Nancy 
or Larry Hancock, Dept. BL7, 12193 E. 
Turner, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 618.242.4514 
jcckc2001@yahoo.com.* 



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show in the "Show Calendar," BLADE® 
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to Krause Publications, attn: J. Kertzman, 
700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945 (715) 445- 
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Pavilion. Call Louie 800.785.9830 or Ernie 
219.844.1911.* 

Sept. 24-26 Louisville, KY NKCA 

Louisville Fall Knife Show, Holiday Inn 
South. Contact NKCA, attn: L. Broyles, 
Dept. BL7, POB 21070, Chattanooga, TN 
423.892.5007.* 



OCTOBER 



Oct. 2 Tampa, FL Florida Knifemakers' 
Association Custom Knife Show, Holiday 
Inn City Centre. Contact Dan Piergallini 
813.754.3908 coolnifedad@earthlink. 

net and/or Don Vogt 813.973.3245 
vogtknives@aol.com.* 

Oct. 8-9 Edgerton, WI Northern Lakes 
Knife Co. Knife Show, Tri-County 
Community Center. Contact Bob Schrap, 
Dept. BL7, 7024 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, 
WI 53213 414.771.6472 fax 414.479.9765 
rschrap@aol.com.* 

Oct. 8-9 Columbus, OH The Columbus 
Greater Ohio Valley Knife Show '04, 
Aladdin Shriner's Complex at Easton 
Town Center. Contact Koval Knives, attn: 
Mick or Judy Koval, Dept. BL7, POB 492, 
New Albany, OH 43054 614.855.0777 fax 
614.855.0945.* 

Oct. 9 Huntington Beach, CA Plaza 
Cutlery Custom Knife Show, Huntington 
Beach Hilton. Contact Plaza Cutlery, South 
Coast Plaza, attn: D. Delavan, Dept. BL7, 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.549.3932 www. 
plazacutlery com. * 

Oct. 22-24 Wilmington, OH NKCA Ohio 
Fall Knife Show, Roberts Convention 
Centre, exit 50 off 1-71. Contact NKCA, 
attn: L. Broyles, Dept. BL7, POB 21070, 
Chattanooga, TN 423.892.5007.* 



NOVEMBER 



Nov. 6-7 Mt. Vernon, IL Mt. Vernon Knife 
Show, Roland Lewis Community Building, 
Mt. Vernon Veterans Park. Contact Nancy 
or Larry Hancock, Dept. BL7, 12193 E. 
Turner, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 618.242.4514 
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Editor's note: In part one last issue, the 
author explored key early events in his 
lifelong love affair with knives. In the 
conclusion, he details what to look for in a 
premier handmade piece. 

My knife collection is for me and 
I never lose sight of that fact. I 
have established specific criteria 
on which I try to base all my handmade 
knife purchases. As a result, I usually start 
with knives that I like, knives that have 
eye appeal to me. I am not going to spend 
money on something that I will look at and 
regret later. This is most important! I can 
justify a knife purchase, at whatever price, 
if every time I look at the knife, pick it up 
and use it, I am truly excited by holding 
and having it. I like to think of it as paying 
rightful homage to the kid in me. 

Signature Models 

In the early days of my collecting, I would 
research and investigate the various mak- 
ers. Their reputations, established or grow- 
ing within the knife community, would 
certainly spark my interest in their knives. 
I would discover which knives were con- 
sidered the signature models in the mak- 
ers' lineups and then target my sights on 
those signature knives. Examples are 
Emerson's CQC-6, Bob Terzuola's ATCF, 
and Al Polkowski's Bulldog and Pug fixed 
blades, to name a few. 

In time, I had an outstanding assort- 
ment of knives that represented many of 
the stars of the knifemaking world whose 
knives appealed to me. Soon, I was adding 
to the signature pieces with other models 
from these gifted makers. Then, with the 
foundation of my collection in place, I be- 
gan to concentrate on the elements of scar- 
city and reputation in the aftermarket — in 
other words, the knives' ability to hold or 
gain value — all the while being true to my 
inner, and personal, eye-appeal require- 
ment. 

Fit & Finish 

The materials used in making a knife are 
not as important to me as the knife's over- 
all fit and finish. Handle materials and 
blade steels all have their own unique at- 
tributes and styles. For me, there is no per- 
fect steel or one-and-only handle material, 
liner material and so forth. The character 
of each knife depends on the materials 
used to create it, though the materials will 
not necessarily preclude me from buying 
it. Sloppiness, taking shortcuts and failure 
to pay full attention to detail are the signs 
of a non-professional and, understandably, 
I would not spend money on such a per- 
son's knife. 

When it comes to folders, poor lock- 
up, regardless of the locking mechanism, 
is by far my biggest turn-off. Any wiggle, 
left or right or up or down with the blade 
in the open position, sours me on that par- 



The 2 3/4-inch ATS-34 blade of the author's RT-5 by Howard Viele boasts 
a modified tanto point with a chisel grind and a bead-blast finish. Inlaid in 
the Micarta® handle is a medallion sporting Viele's logo, and the bolster is 
titanium. The author's value: $650. 




ticular knife. This is a fit-and-finish detail 
that every folder maker must establish as a 
top priority. An analogy would be seeing 
that brand new Corvette spinning around 
the showroom floor — and it has a basket- 
ball-sized dent in the driver's door! Yuck 
and bleep it! 

Dull Means Cull 

As for all knives, folding or fixed, my big- 
gest pet peeve is the dull blade. A presenta- 
tion knife or sword that is made to rest in 
a display case and sit on a shelf can have 
a dull blade, but if knifemakers are adver- 
tising their knives as functional, reliable, 
can-use tools, then the blades had better be 
sharp. Offering a dull knife to a customer 
is like, well, picking up that brand new 
Corvette from the dealer and discovering it 
has four flat tires. Yuck and bleep it again! 
For me, when it comes to proper blade 
sharpness, the bar has been set by R.J. 
Martin. Just looking long and hard enough 



at one of the edges on one of his knives will 
cause your forehead to bleed. 

Seek Counsel 

It never hurts to seek wise counsel to 
help enhance your collecting experience. 
Early on, I realized that ordering directly 
from the knifemakers as my sole means of 
building my collection would never co-ex- 
ist with my lack of patience. As a result, 
establishing a relationship with a quality 
purveyor can be invaluable. It has been 
for me. Almost always, the purveyor can 
get a knife into your hands quicker than if 
you are placed on a maker's waiting list — 
which can mean it will take years before 
you get the knife. 

Generally, the best purveyors establish 
quality relationships with the knifemakers 
and thus are able to sell to collectors at the 
makers' prices. A few purveyors even offer 
return allowances and equal trade-in guar- 
antees, things not necessarily provided by 



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A sure sign that a purveyor is trust- 
worthy and knowledgeable is evident from 
the respect the knifemakers and the knife 
community show him or her. The purveyor 
can be a knife broker, offering advice on 
buying and selling, notifying the customer 
when specific knives may become avail- 
able for purchase, and sharing knowledge 
and foresight about possible trends and 
up-and-coming makers. As for me, I deal 
solely with Les Robertson. 

Get Out There! 

As with any hobby, one of the best ways 
to enjoy it and get the most from it is to 
get out there and meet others of like think- 
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shows are held around the country. I al- 
ways attend the two or three shows that 

A double-ground, modified-tanto blade 
of ATS -34 operates on the maker's 
patented locking mechanism (inset) of 
this Scott Sawby folder. The handle is 
carbon fiber and the bolsters and 
liners are stainless steel. The 
knife is an exclusive of 

Robertson Custom Cut- 
V lery. Closed length: 4 
1/4 inches. The author 
\ said he paid $550 
\ for it. 



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outfit three of his Kwaikens 
in a double grind instead 
of Martin's standard chisel 
grind. The ATS-34 blades 
are 4, 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches 
long. From the smallest to 
the largest piece, the author 
said he paid $400,0575 
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making evolution. My input and participa- 
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the knives. 

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across two guys chucking knives into the 
concrete. They explained to me that they 
were knifemakers, newcomers to the field, 
and their confidence in the strength and 
durability of their blades was evidenced by 
the results of their rather unorthodox test. 

Intrigued, I stepped up to their table 
and examined the knives on display. Both 
men were rather gregarious, one in par- 
ticular, and they gave me a brief history of 
their partnership, a detailed description of 
their knifemaking process, and concluded 
with their marketing strategies and goals. 

Eye -appeal factor at work, I zeroed in 
on one knife in particular and asked to buy 
it. Unfortunately for me, they explained 
that all the knives were for the show and 
not for sale, but I could take a business 
card and call their shop to place an order. 
I knew this to be true, as other people had 
been handed business cards and left the 
table knifeless. However, I was relentless 
and eventually we agreed on a price and 
they allowed me to take the knife home. I 
figured these guys just might have what it 
takes to be big. 

This past November, at the New York 
Custom Knife Show, the same two guys 
were there. This time their table was not so 
easy to reach. At times, the crowds before 
it were 10-people wide and six deep. "The 
Strider Guys" have certainly come a long 
way and I have one of their early knives. 
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Angel Sword, attn: D. Watson, Dept. BL7, 350 
Jennifer Ln., Driftwood, TX 78619 512.847.9679 
www.angelsword.com; Cold Steel (see under 
"The Year Of The Factory Knife?"); David 
Goldberg, Dept. BL7, 1120 Blyth Ct, Blue Bell, 
PA 19422 215.654.7117; Phill Hartsfield, Dept. 
BL7, POB 1637, Newport Beach, CA 92659-0637 
949.722.9792 or 714.636.7633; Wally Hayes, 
Dept. BL7, 1026 Old Montreal Rd., Orleans, 
Ontario, Canada K4A 3N2 613.824.9520; 
Knights Edge, attn: M. Bastle, Dept. BL7, 5696 
N. Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60646-6136 
773.775.3888 www.knightsedge.com; Scott 
Slobodian, Dept. BL7, 4101 River Ridge Dr., San 
Andreas, CA 95249 209.286.1980 

THE YEAR OF THE FACTORY KNIFE? 
Bear & Son Cutlery, attn: K. Griffey, Dept. 
BL7, 1111 Bear Blvd., Jacksonville, AL 36265 
256.435.2227 www.bearcutlery.com; Benchmade 
USA, attn: L. de Asis, Dept. BL7, 300 Beavercreek 
Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 503.655.6004 
www.benchmade.com; Browning, attn: D. 
Thompson, Dept. BL7, Rt. 1, Morgan, UT 84050 
800.333.3288 www.browning.com; Cold Steel, 
attn: L. Thompson, Dept. BL7, 3036-A Seaborg, 
Ventura, CA 93003 805.650.8481 www.coldsteel. 
com; Columbia River Knife & Tool, attn: R. 
Bremer, Dept. BL7, 9720 SW Hillman, Suite 805, 
Wilsonville OR 97070 503.685.5015 www.crkt. 
com; Emerson Knives Inc., attn: E. Emerson, 
Dept. BL7, 2730 Monterey St., Torrance, CA 
90503 310.542.3050 www.emersonknives.com; 
Kershaw, attn: D. Flagg, Dept. BL7, 25300 SW 
Parkway, Wilsonville, OR 97070 503.682.1966 
www.kershawknives.com; Knives Of Alaska, 
attn: C. Allen, Dept. BL7, 123 W Main, Denison, 
TX 75021 903.463.7112; Lone Wolf Knives, attn: 
D. Hutchens, Dept. BL7, 17400 SW Upper Boones 
Ferry, Ste. 240, Portland, OR 97224 505.43 1.6777 
fax 503.431.6776 www.lonewolfknives.com; Al 
Mar Knives, attn: G. Fadden, Dept. BL7, 16708 
SW Jordan Way, Tigard, OR 97224 503.670.9080 
www.almarknives.com; SOG Specialty Knives, 
attn: C. Cashbaugh, Dept. BL7, 6521 212th 
St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 425.771.6230 
www.sogknives.com.; Schrade, attn: T. Faust, 
Dept. BL7, 7 Schrade, Ellenville, NY 12428 
914.647.7600 www.schradeknives.com; Smith 
& Wesson, c/o Taylor Cutlery, attn: S. Taylor, 
Dept. BL7, POB 1638, Kingsport, TN 37662 
423.247.2406; Spyderco, attn: J. Laituri, Dept. 
BL7, 20011 Golden Gate Cyn., Golden, CO 
80403 800.525.7770 www.spyderco.com; TOPS, 
attn: M. Fuller, Dept. BL7, POB 2544, Idaho 
Falls, ID 83403 208.542.0113 www.topsknives. 
com; United Cutlery, attn: K. Rae, Dept. BL7, 
1425 United, Sevierville, TN 37862 423.428.2532 
www.unitedcutlery.com; William Henry Knives, 
attn: M. Conable, Dept. BL7, 2125 Delaware, Ste. 
C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831.454.9409 www. 
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Al Mar Knives (see under "The Year Of The 
Factory Knife?"); Cable Joe Knives, attn: J. 
Allen, Dept. BL7, 206 Brown St., Princeton, IN 
47670-1146; Lakota Knife USA, attn: B. Gray, 
Dept. BL7, POB 155, Greenville, VA 24440 
800.807.1169 www.lakotaknife.com; Dusty 
Moulton, Dept. BL7, 135 Hillview Ln., Loudon, 
TN 37774 865.408.9779 www.moultonknives. 
com; SOG Specialty Knives (see under "The Year 
Of The Factory Knife?"); Skiff Made Blades, 
attn: S Skiff, Dept. BL7, POB 537, Broadalbin, 
NY 12025 518.883.4875; Murray St. Amour, 
Dept. BL7, RR3, 222 Dicks Rd., Pembroke, 
Ontario, Canada K8A 6W4 613.735.1061 www. 
stamourknives.com; Twin Blades, attn: Charlie 
Matthews, Dept. BL7, 121 Mt. Pisgah Church 
Rd., Statesboro, GA 30458 912.865.9098 www. 
twinxblades.com 

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205 Hickory Creek Rd., Marble Falls, TX 
78654 800.742.7797; Diamond Machining 
Technology (DMT), attn: E. Powell, Dept. BL7, 
65 Hayes Memorial Dr., Marlborough, MA 
01752 800.666.4368; EZE-LAP, Dept. BL7, 
3572 Arrowhead Dr., Carson City, NV 89706 
800.843.4815; EdgeCraft Corp., attn: S. Weiner, 
Dept. BL7, 825 Southwood Rd., Avondale, PA 
19311 800.342.3255; Edgemaker, Dept. BL7, 
3902 Funston St., Toledo, OH 43612 800.531. 
EDGE; GATCO, attn: J. Anthon, Dept. BL7, 
POB 600, Getzville, NY 14068 800.548.7427; 
Lansky, attn: A. LeVine, Dept. BL7, POB 
50830, Henderson, NV 89016 702.361.7511 
www.lansky.com; Meyerco (see under "Year Of 
The Factory Knife?"); McGowan Mfg., Dept. 
BL7, 25 Michigan St., Hutchinson, MN 55350 
800.342.4810; Smith Abrasives, attn: R. Smith, 
Dept. BL7, 1700 Sleepy Valley Rd., Hot Springs, 
AR 71901 800.221.4156; Spyderco (see under 
"Year Of The Factory Knife?"); Tru-Hone, Dept. 
BL7, 1721 Northeast 19th St., Ocala, FL 34470 
800.237.4663 

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Brahms, Dept. BL7, 14216 S.W 136 St., Miami, 
FL 33186 800.821.7461 www.bladeart.com; 
Columbia River Knife & Tool, attn: R. Bremer, 
Dept. BL7, 9720 S.W. Hillman Ct., Ste. 805, 
Wilsonville, OR 97070 800.891.3100 info@crkt. 
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Persson, Dept. BL7, PL 605, 820 50 Loos, 
Sweden, +46.657.10305; Universal Agencies, 
attn: R. Chopra, Dept. BL7, 4690 S. Old Peachtree 
Rd., Ste. C, Norcross, GA 30071 678.969.9147 
info@uai.org; William Henry Fine Knives, attn: 
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Knife Name: 

Talon Coco- 
bolo. Company: 

Lakota. Pattern: 

Fancy utility 
folder. Mecha- 
nism: Locking 
liner. Blade Steel: 
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Pattern: 
Utility/hunter. 
Maker: Murray St. Amour. 
Blade Steel: 154CM stainless. Handle: 
Amber stag bone. Bolsters: 416 stainless. Sheath: 6-8- 
oz. leather. Maker's List Price: $225. 

JULY 2004 




Knife Name: Twitch II. 
Company: SOG Specialty I 
Knives. Pattern: Gent's 
knife. Mechanism: As- 
sisted-opening lock- 
back w/f Upper. Blade 
Steel: AUS-8 stainless. 
Handle: Hard-anodized 
aluminum. Weight: 2.6 
ozs. Closed Length: 
~3 3/4 inches. MSRP: 
$56.95. 



Knife Name: The 
Phantom. Maker: 
Dusty Moulton. Pat- 
tern: Fancy fighter. 
Blade Steel: ATS-34 
stainless. Blade Length 
5 1/2". Handle: Stabilized 
giraffe bone. Overall 
Length: 11 1/4". Miscella- 
neous: Engraving, mosaic 
pins, fully file worked tang 
and blade, and dovetailed 
bolsters. Sheath: Leather. 
Maker's List Price: $1,295. 



Knife Name: Buffalo Spirit. 
Maker: Joe Allen. Pat- 
tern: Bowie. Blade Steel: 
Choice of440C, ATS-34 
and CPM S30V stainless. 
Blade Length: Choice of 
8-10". Handle: Spacers and 
buffalo bone. Sheath: 8- 
10-oz. hand-tooled leather. 
Maker's List Price: $400 
(8") and $450 (10"). 






For the contact infor- 
mation for the pictured 
knives, see "Where To 
Get 'Em" on page 105. 



Pattern: Fancy folder. 
j Maker: Skiff Made 
Blades. Blade Steel: 
Nitre-blued damascus. 
Mechanism: Lock- 
ing liner. Handle: 
Oosic. Bolsters: Devin 
Thomas high-contrast 
twist damascus. Liners: 
Fileworked titanium. Back 
Spacer: Fileworked 416 
stainless. Closed Length: 
~4 inches. Maker's List 
Price: $625 (w/pouch). 




JULY 2004 





BLADE/ 107 




By Mike Haskew 



108 /BLADE 




The Pro-Atac is a collaboration between Pro-Tech and knifemaker 
Jeff Harkins. The slender 3.5-inch clip blade is 154CM, and the 
frame is aluminum with carbon-fiber inlays. The knife comes in a 
manual version and a double-action auto that opens by a thumb 
stud or via a button under the carbon-fiber inlay. 



J t first, it may seem a contradiction that 
rt Pro-Tech, a rising maker of automatics 
U and other knives, is located in Califor- 
nia, a state with strict laws concerning the 
sale and carry of autos. But the rationale is 
fairly simple for Dave Wattenberg, owner 
and president of the six-year-old company. 

Santa Fe Springs, ^ 

California, is home, 
and while it's dis- 
couraging not to 
be able to service 
California consum- 
ers with certain of 
its models, Pro-Tech 
makes and sells oth- 
er pieces that appear 
to be quite legal and 
popular with knife 
enthusiasts from 
the Golden State 
and beyond. 

"You can imag- 
ine that it's frustrat- 
ing not to be able to 
sell all of our mod- 
els to our friends in 
California," Wat- 
tenberg reasoned. 
"We do make two 
switchblades that are 
California legal. The 
Runt and the Stinger 
have blades under 
2 inches, at 1 15-16 
inches each. The 
California switch- 
blade law is interest- 
ing, and if the blade 
is under 2 inches, it's 
OK for anybody to 
carry in the state." 

Wattenberg said 
the smaller Pro- 
Tech models have 
sold well not only 
in California but 



across the country. The basic versions with 
6061 T-6 aluminum handles and 154CM 
stainless blades have manufacturer's sug- 
gested retail prices (MSRPs) of $150, and 
an upscale version of the Stinger is avail- 
able with a mirror-polished or damascus 
blade and mother-of-pearl inlays, among 



other material options. The latter models 
range in MSRPs from $650-$l,250. 

Wattenberg said he's proud that his 
company sells what he called the pre- 
miere line of California-made automat- 
ics, and that the knife-buying public has 
taken note of his enterprise. 




A basic black series of automatics in a military 
style, the Pro-Tech Tactical Response is avail- 
able in chisel-ground tanto and clip- and spear- 
point blades of 154CM stainless. The frame is 
T-6 aluminum and blade lengths are 3-3.5 inches. 
MSRPs range from $200-$225. 



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"I saw that there was a real demand for 
some better and more interesting automatic 
knives," he said. "We started making some, 
and so far so good. Even though we're 
making knives in decent-sized groups, we 
do lean toward the custom feel. It's just 
me and a total of a half-dozen employees. 
I guess we're all knife people. Even those 
who do the most basic tasks here have an 
appreciation for the finished piece. They 
have to care or the process doesn't work. 
It's a caring, skilled and small group of 
people who work with me." 

Pro-Tech uses CNC technology for 
rough machining, but extensive hand fin- 
ishing brings together the best of both low- 
and hi-tech. Some automatics are offered 
with blades specially ground by custom 
knifemakers Walter Brend, Don Maxwell 
and Jeff Chaffee. 



"Pro-Tech has al- 
lied with custom 
knifemakers on 
several models." 

— the author 



Currently, the company produces eight 
automatic models. Two of the best known 
are the Godfather and Godson. The Godfa- 
ther sports a 4-inch blade of 154CM and a 
T-6 aluminum frame with MSRPs of $270- 
$350, depending on inlays. An upgraded ver- 
sion is available with a damascus blade and 
mother-of-pearl inlay. The Godson appeared 
as the sequel to the Godfather in the same 
basic style with a 3.25-inch blade and a base 
MSRP of $220. Upscale versions of the God- 
son will be available later this year, with a 
variety of premium blade and handle materi- 
als and MSRPs ranging from $800-$l,500. 

While the Godfather and Godson are 
in-house designs, Pro-Tech has allied with 
custom knifemakers on several projects. 
One is the Pro-Atac, a Jeff Harkins pattern 
and the company's first in-line double-ac- 
tion auto. The slender 3. 5 -inch clip blade is 
154CM, and the frame is aluminum with 
carbon-fiber inlays. 

"The Pro-Atac really is a neat de- 
sign," Dave remarked. "Unless somebody 
showed you how it works, you wouldn't 
know it's an automatic. The knife can be 
opened with its thumb stud and also with 
a button hidden under the carbon-fiber 
inlay." The same knife is available in a 
manual version. 

Wattenberg said Pro-Tech's Tactical 
Response Series has proven popular with 



110/ BLADE 



JULY 2004 




The Godfather is one of 
Pro-Tech's flagship au- 
tomatics. The standard 
version sports a 4-inch 
blade of 154CM and a T- 
6 aluminum frame with 
MSRPs of $270-$350, 
depending on inlays. 
This one is in burl. 



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able in chisel-ground tanto and clip- and 
spear-point blades of 154CM. The frame is 
T-6 aluminum and blade lengths are 3-3.5 
inches. MSRPs range from $200-$225. 

One collaboration with knifemaker 
Mike "Whiskers" Allen has already pro- 
duced a scale-release automatic, and a 
second should be available soon. "Mike is 
one of the top guys for making the scale - 
release mechanism," Wattenberg noted. 
"We call the new knife the Magic, with a 
3. 5 -inch drop -point blade and T-6 alumi- 
num handle." 

The basic Magic will have an MSRP of 
about $260, while a limited number of 25 
will be upscaled to include a Mike Norris 
damascus blade at an MSRP of $500 each. 
It should be noted that all upgraded Pro- 
Tech knives are produced in limited num- 
bers and, added Wattenberg, they go fast. 

In addition to automatics, Pro-Tech 
offers a couple of folders, while the com- 
pany's first fixed blade will soon follow. 
"The Elite Combat Dagger, or ECD, is a 
symmetrical knife with a 6 -inch blade," 
Wattenberg explained. "The blade is 
154CM and a variety of handle materials 
such as maple burl, green and black G-10, 
and black linen Micarta® will be used. Of 
course, we already had the relationship 
with Walter Brend, and this is one of his 
designs. No more than 20 will be presented 
as full customs, with blades ground and 
mirror polished by Walter. The basic tacti- 



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Specialties Automatics, double-ac- 
tion autos, manual folders and a new 
fixed blade; material upgrades avail- 
able on some models; collaborations 
with knifemakers Mike "Whiskers" 
Allen, Walter Brend and Jeff Har- 
kins; some blades ground by Brend, 
Don Maxwell and Jeff Chaffee 
Blade Steel 154CM stainless and 
Mike Norris damascus 
Handle Materials 6061 -T6 alumi- 
num, mother-of-pearl, maple burl, 
green and black G-10, and black 
linen Micarta® 
MSRPs $150-$1,800 



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JULY 2004 




cal ECD will sell for $250, and the custom 
versions will run $1,600 to $1,800." 

Pro-Tech produces about 7,000 knives a 
year, and Wattenberg credits a strong dealer 
network and the company's popularity with 
law enforcement for steady increases in 
sales. The addition of laser- engraving equip- 
ment has provided a popular option for cus- 
tomers. "Law enforcement agencies can send 
us a clean badge logo, and we can put that on 
their knives in just a few days," he said. 

For Wattenberg, the choice of a knife 
career was a foregone conclusion. "My 
father owns a retail cutlery store, and I 
worked there ever since I was 5 or 6 years 
old," he smiled. "On Sunday afternoons 
as kind of a payment, Dad would let me 
pick out something to take with me. There 
was one case I couldn't choose any of the 
knives from. It contained old Italian and 



American switchblades. They weren't for 
sale and I couldn't pick one. Now, my 're- 
venge' is that I make switchblades, and my 
dad buys them from me!" 

Indeed, when Allen Wattenberg isn't 
running his own store, he may be helping 
his son Dave at Pro-Tech. Dave's mother, 
Kathy, pitches in as well. 

Editor's note: The possession, transpor- 
tation and sale of certain types of knives, 
including automatics, is restricted or pro- 
hibited by federal, state and local laws. 
BLADE® and Krause Publications, Inc., 
rely on the fact that collectors, dealers, 
exhibitors, advertisers and manufactur- 
ers are expected to know and comply with 
these regulations. 



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Larry Harley's Wootz Razor sports 
a blade of L-6 Harley steel. The 
handle and bolster are twist da- 
mascus, the latter heat blued and 
textured. The carving is by the 
maker. Note the extra-sharp tip. 
The inset mark is the maker's 
Lonesome Pine" logo, (photos 
by SharpByCoop.com) 



Harley J Wootz Razor gived 
the clad/ic pattern a new tw'ut 



By BLADE® staff 



Spec Check 



Name Wootz Razor 
Maker Larry Harley 
Blade Steel L-6 Harley 
Handle Double-twist damascus 
Bolster Heat-blued, textured double- 
twist damascus 

Miscellaneous All carving by maker 
Maker's List Price For A Similar 
Piece $1,700 




/^ omewhere deep in the hills of northeast Ten- 

^ nessee — Bristol, to be exact — Larry Harley 
\^J cooked up his graceful "Wootz Razor." 

The blade steel is what the maker calls "L-6H,' 
which stands for L-6 Harley. The handle is a bar of 
double -twist damascus twisted in opposite directions. 
The bolster is the same material heat blued and textured. 
The liner is stag. All carving is by the maker. 

"It was a pleasure to do," Harley noted of the custom-ordered piece. In fact, after start- 
ing the project, he realized that he could do more with it than the original order called for, 
so he got with the customer and renegotiated some additions that resulted in an impres- 
sive finished piece. "If I've got a customer like that who will let me do what I have to do 
to make the razor the best it can be," Harley observed, "then the resulting piece will be a 
good one." 



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